euxinia

[ yook-sin-ee-uh ]

nounBiology, Environmental Science.
  1. anoxia, or depletion of oxygen, in a body of water, along with a high level of hydrogen sulfide, a condition toxic to aquatic organisms: studied for its effects on Proterozoic oceans, euxinia is relatively uncommon today other than in the Black Sea and in certain swamps and fjords: How is the prospect of increased oceanic euxinia tied to climate change?

Origin of euxinia

1
First recorded in 1950–55; Euxin(e) (ancient name for the Black Sea) + -ia

Other words from euxinia

  • eux·in·ic, adjective

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