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anoxia

Syllabification: an·ox·i·a
Pronunciation: /aˈnäksēə
 
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Definition of anoxia in English:

noun

technical
1An absence of oxygen.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

anoxic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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