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hypoxia

[ hahy-pok-see-uh ]
/ haɪˈpɒk si ə /
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noun

Biology. a very low level of oxygen, as in an organic environment: The fish have developed a tolerance to the hypoxia of the swamp.
Pathology. an abnormally low amount of oxygen in the body tissues: Premature newborns are routinely placed in incubators to treat or prevent hypoxia.Compare anoxia (def. 2), hypoxemia.

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Origin of hypoxia

First recorded in1940–45; hyp- + oxy-2 + -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM hypoxia

hy·pox·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypoxia

hypoxia
/ (haɪˈpɒksɪə) /

noun

deficiency in the amount of oxygen delivered to the body tissues

Derived forms of hypoxia

hypoxic (haɪˈpɒksɪk), adjective

Word Origin for hypoxia

C20: from hypo- + oxy- ² + -ia
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Medical definitions for hypoxia

hypoxia
[ hī-pŏksē-ə, hĭ- ]

n.

Insufficient levels of oxygen in blood or tissue.

Other words from hypoxia

hy•poxic adj.
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