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noun Pathology.
a semistupor, lightheadedness, or euphoria experienced by deep-sea divers when nitrogen from air enters the blood at higher than atmospheric pressure.
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Also called rapture of the deep.

Origin of nitrogen narcosis

First recorded in 1935–40
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