mountain sickness

noun Pathology.

Nearby words

  1. mountain oyster,
  2. mountain range,
  3. mountain rosebay,
  4. mountain sandwort,
  5. mountain sheep,
  6. mountain standard time,
  7. mountain state,
  8. mountain system,
  9. mountain time,
  10. mountain view

Origin of mountain sickness

First recorded in 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mountain sickness

  • "It's the soroche, the mountain-sickness," explained Professor Ditson.

    The Inca Emerald|Samuel Scoville
  • The severity of mountain-sickness differs greatly in different localities, apparently not depending entirely on the altitude.

    Inca Land|Hiram Bingham
  • And how will I manage to tow along this lump of a Pinocchio who is half dead with mountain-sickness?

    The Heart of Pinocchio|Collodi Nipote

British Dictionary definitions for mountain sickness

mountain sickness


Also called: altitude sickness nausea, headache, and shortness of breath caused by climbing to high altitudes (usually above 12 000 ft)
vet science a disease of cattle kept at high altitude in S and N America, characterized by congestive heart failure
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Medicine definitions for mountain sickness

mountain sickness

[ mountən ]


Altitude sickness brought on by the diminished oxygen pressure at mountain elevations.

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