altitude sickness


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altitude sickness

n.
A collection of symptoms, including shortness of breath, headache, and nosebleed, brought on by decreased oxygen in the atmosphere, such as that encountered at high altitudes.

altitude sickness

n
(Pathology) another name for mountain sickness

al′titude sick`ness


n.
a disorder associated with the low oxygen content of the atmosphere at high altitudes, in acute conditions resulting in prostration, shortness of breath, and cardiac disturbances.
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Noun1.altitude sickness - effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudesaltitude sickness - effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudes
hypoxia - oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
mountain sickness - nausea and shortness of breath experienced by mountain climbers above ten thousand feet
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The 38-year-old was struck down by a bout of potentially fatal altitude sickness on Sunday after scaling 12,000ft of the 19,341ft peak in Tanzania, East Africa.
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Together the hikers battled difficult terrain, challenging weather conditions and altitude sickness while climbing the Tanzanian giant, which stands almost 20,000ft above sea level.
I'll be climbing steadily upwards for six to eight hours a day, coping with dangerous altitude sickness, blisters and biting cold.
Steve, who works for Llamau as a family mediator in the Vale of Glamorgan, said: "Each day will hold some beautiful views and scenery, but it will also bring with it altitude sickness, fatigue, blisters and other such delights.
Thank you for Jace Bauserman's article on altitude sickness ("Hunting High--And Safe," July 2010), helping to raise awareness of the condition.
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