Origin of mountain sickness
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for mountain sickness
"It's the soroche, the mountain-sickness," explained Professor Ditson.The Inca Emerald
The severity of mountain-sickness differs greatly in different localities, apparently not depending entirely on the altitude.Inca Land
And how will I manage to tow along this lump of a Pinocchio who is half dead with mountain-sickness?The Heart of Pinocchio
- 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
- Altitude sickness brought on by the diminished oxygen pressure at mountain elevations.
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