a condition affecting some persons at high altitudes, caused by insufficient oxygen in the blood and characterized by dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath.
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Origin of altitude sickness
First recorded in 1915–20
Words nearby altitude sickness
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British Dictionary definitions for altitude sickness
another name for mountain sickness
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Medical definitions for altitude sickness
[ ăl′tĭ-tōōd′ ]
A collection of symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea, and nosebleed, brought on by decreased oxygen in the atmosphere, such as that encountered at high altitudes.Acosta's disease
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