Definitions for hypoxiahaɪˈpɒk si ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hy•pox•i•ahaɪˈpɒk si ə(n.)
an abnormal condition of the body in which oxygen intake or use is inadequate.
Origin of hypoxia:
oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
A condition in which tissues (especially the blood) are deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen; anoxia
A reduced concentration of dissolved oxygen in an aquatic environment.
Hypoxia, or hypoxiation, is a pathological condition in which the body as a whole or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. Variations in arterial oxygen concentrations can be part of the normal physiology, for example, during strenuous physical exercise. A mismatch between oxygen supply and its demand at the cellular level may result in a hypoxic condition. Hypoxia in which there is complete deprivation of oxygen supply is referred to as anoxia. Hypoxia differs from hypoxemia in that, in the latter, the oxygen concentration within the arterial blood is abnormally low. It is possible to experience hypoxia and have a low oxygen content but maintain high oxygen partial pressure. Incorrect use of these terms can easily lead to confusion, especially as hypoxemia is among the causes of hypoxia. Generalized hypoxia occurs in healthy people when they ascend to high altitude, where it causes altitude sickness leading to potentially fatal complications: high altitude pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema. Hypoxia also occurs in healthy individuals when breathing mixtures of gases with a low oxygen content, e.g. while diving underwater especially when using closed-circuit rebreather systems that control the amount of oxygen in the supplied air. A mild and non-damaging intermittent hypoxia is used intentionally during altitude trainings to develop an athletic performance adaptation at both the systemic and cellular level.
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