oxygen debt

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

Origin of oxygen debt

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby oxygen debt

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How to use oxygen debt in a sentence

  • He has used up the surplus oxygen in his system, and that has to be replaced; he has run into 'oxygen debt'.

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