Definition of anoxia in English:


Line breaks: an¦oxia
Pronunciation: /aˈnɒksɪə


[mass noun] technical
  • 1An absence of oxygen.
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    • Lack of oxygen or anoxia is a common environmental challenge which plants have to face throughout their life.
    • Tolerance to anoxia is relevant to wetland species, rice cultivation and transient waterlogging of agricultural crops.
    • Sugar availability plays an important role in plant tolerance to anoxia.
  • 1.1 Medicine An absence or deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues; severe hypoxia: death due to anoxia resulting from strangulation
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    • Cold injury is believed to occur due to anoxia resulting from circulatory insufficiency as well as the direct freezing effect of cold on the exposed parts.
    • Deaths and permanent neurological damage from anoxia have occurred when surgeons have unwisely performed immediate consecutive bilateral thoracoscopy rather than two separate operations.
    • He added that these injuries can be very severe because facial injuries received often affect breathing, which leads to anoxia which can result in brain damage.



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  • It was determined that the patient had suffered severe anoxic brain damage as a result of the cardiac arrest.
  • He allegedly was over sedated and consequently suffered cardiopulmonary arrest with an ensuing irreversible anoxic brain injury.
  • He assumes that anoxic damage to the brain obliterates all consciousness.


1930s: from an-1 + ox(ygen) + -ia1.

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