caisson disease


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caisson disease

n.
Decompression sickness.

caisson disease

n
(Pathology) another name for decompression sickness

decompres′sion sick`ness


n.
an acute disorder involving the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the body fluids, caused by a sudden drop in external pressure, as during a too-rapid ascent from diving, and resulting in pain in the lungs and joints and faintness.
[1940–45]
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Noun1.caisson disease - pain resulting from rapid change in pressurecaisson disease - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
illness, sickness, unwellness, malady - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
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Wash suffers from caisson disease a mysterious ailment caused by working in the depths of the river while setting the footings of the bridge.
It was carried to completion by his son, Washington Augustus Roebling (1837-1926), who was badly crippled by caisson disease, or the "bends", from which he suffered during the construction.
At high pressures, nitrogen dissolves in the blood and bubbles out when the pressure is relieved, causing the bends, or caisson disease, which results in agonizing pain and sometimes paralysis and sometimes paralysis and death.