economy-class syndrome


noun

(not in technical usage) the development of a deep-vein thrombosis in the legs or pelvis of a person travelling for a long period of time in cramped conditions

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Word Origin for economy-class syndrome

C20: reference to the restricted legroom of cheaper seats on passenger aircraft
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