Definition of hypoxemia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhīpäkˈsēmēə/
(British hypoxaemia)


1An abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the blood.
Example sentences
  • The patients with the worst lung function experienced more severe nocturnal hypoxemia with exacerbations.
  • However, the mechanism of hypoxemia in liver disease may not be simple.
  • In addition to the effects of hypoxemia, a major factor is excessive loading of the inspiratory muscles.
1.1 Ecology Oxygen deficiency in a biotic environment.
Example sentences
  • Thermal stress causes systemic hypoxemia at both ends of the thermal window.


Late 19th century: from hypo- (denoting an element in a low valency) + oxygen + -emia.

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Syllabification: hy·pox·e·mi·a

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