Definition of hypoxia in English:


Line breaks: hyp|oxia
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒksɪə


[mass noun] Medicine
  • 1Deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the tissues.
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    • Increased hypoxia in local tissues, marked oedema of the toes, or development of venous hypertension may be involved.
    • This is not easy, as too little fluid will cause hypoperfusion whereas too much will lead to oedema that will cause tissue hypoxia.
    • These hemorrhagic and hemolytic events would result in tissue hypoxia that would, in turn, stimulate erythropoiesis.
  • 1.1Oxygen deficiency in a biotic environment: aquatic hypoxia
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    • Emersion results in hypoxia in many aquatic crustaceans.



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  • One baby had signs of hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy with fits.
  • But there was no difference in glucose intolerance between hypoxic and hypoglycemic conditions.
  • Seizures are usually due to hypoxic encephalopathy, hemorrhage or cerebral infarction.


1940s: from hypo- (denoting an element in a low valency) + oxygen + -ia1.

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