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hypoxia vs. ischemia

hypoxia vs. ischemia: What's the difference?

Hypoxia refers to a lack of oxygen, and is used either to refer to the environment (as in a swamp) or to a medical condition. Ischemia refers to a lack of blood in a body part produced by constriction of the blood vessels or local obstacles to blood flow.

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  1. a very low level of oxygen, as in an organic environment: The fish have developed a tolerance to the hypoxia of the swamp.
  2. an abnormally low amount of oxygen in the body tissues: Premature newborns are routinely placed in incubators to treat or prevent hypoxia.
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  1. local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow.

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