oxygen debt

noun Physiology.

the body's oxygen deficiency resulting from strenuous physical activity.

Nearby words

  1. oxygen affinity hypoxia,
  2. oxygen bar,
  3. oxygen capacity,
  4. oxygen consumption,
  5. oxygen cycle,
  6. oxygen deficit,
  7. oxygen demand,
  8. oxygen effect,
  9. oxygen lance,
  10. oxygen mask

Origin of oxygen debt

First recorded in 1920–25

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Medicine definitions for oxygen debt

oxygen debt


The amount of extra oxygen required by muscle tissue to oxidize lactic acid and replenish depleted ATP and phosphocreatine following vigorous exercise.

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