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

Nearby words

  1. economizer,
  2. economo's disease,
  3. economy,
  4. economy class,
  5. economy of scale,
  6. economy-size,
  7. ecophysiology,
  8. ecopolitics,
  9. ecoregion,
  10. ecorse

Word Origin for economy-class syndrome

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

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