or hy·pox·i·a

[hahy-pok-see-mee-uh or hahy-pok-see-uh]

noun Pathology.

inadequate oxygenation of the blood.

Origin of hypoxemia

First recorded in 1885–90; hyp- + ox(y)-2 + -emia
Related formshy·pox·e·mic, hy·pox·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hypoxia

Contemporary Examples of hypoxia

  • But by the time the turn was executed the flight crew could have succumbed to hypoxia.

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    The Tripwire on Flight 370

    Clive Irving

    March 17, 2014

Historical Examples of hypoxia

British Dictionary definitions for hypoxia



deficiency in the amount of oxygen delivered to the body tissues
Derived Formshypoxic (haɪˈpɒksɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hypoxia

C20: from hypo- + oxy- ² + -ia
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Word Origin and History for hypoxia

1941, from hypo- + oxygen. Related: Hypoxic.

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hypoxia in Medicine


[hī-pŏksē-ə, hĭ-]


Insufficient levels of oxygen in blood or tissue.
Related formshy•poxic adj.




Insufficient oxygenation of arterial blood.
Related formshy′pox•emic adj.
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