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anoxia

[ an-ok-see-uh, uh-nok- ]
/ ænˈɒk si ə, əˈnɒk- /
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noun

Biology. the absence of oxygen, as in an organic environment: the simulation of aquatic anoxia in the laboratory.
Pathology. the absence or near absence of oxygen in the body tissues; severe hypoxia: Metabolism came to an irreversible standstill during prolonged anoxia.Compare hypoxia (def. 2).

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Origin of anoxia

First recorded in 1930–35; an-1 + ox(ygen) + -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM anoxia

an·ox·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anoxia

anoxia
/ (ænˈɒksɪə) /

noun

lack or absence of oxygen
a deficiency of oxygen in tissues and organsCompare hypoxia

Derived forms of anoxia

anoxic, adjective

Word Origin for anoxia

C20: from an- + ox (ygen) + -ia
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Medical definitions for anoxia

anoxia
[ ăn-ŏksē-ə, ə-nŏk- ]

n.

The absence or reduced supply of oxygen in inspired gases, arterial blood, or tissues.

Other words from anoxia

an•oxic adj.
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