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 (hī-pŏk′sē-ə, hĭ-)
1. Deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching body tissues.
2. Depletion of dissolved oxygen in aquatic environments to levels that are detrimental or fatal to aerobic organisms, often caused by eutrophication.

hy·pox′ic adj.


(Pathology) deficiency in the amount of oxygen delivered to the body tissues
[C20: from hypo- + oxy-2 +-ia]
hypoxic adj


(haɪˈpɒk si ə)
an abnormal condition of the body in which oxygen intake or use is inadequate.
[1940–45; hyp- + ox(y)-2 + -ia]
hy•pox′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hypoxia - oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
drive - a physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire
anemic hypoxia - hypoxia resulting from a decreased concentration of hemoglobin
hypoxic hypoxia - hypoxia resulting from defective oxygenation of the blood in the lungs
ischemic hypoxia, stagnant hypoxia - hypoxia resulting from slow peripheral circulation (such as follows congestive cardiac failure)
asphyxia - a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas
altitude sickness - effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudes
anoxia - severe hypoxia; absence of oxygen in inspired gases or in arterial blood or in the tissues
asphyxiation, suffocation - the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped); "asphyxiation is sometimes used as a form of torture"
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Placental cysts near the cord insertion site should be monitored sonographically and any feature suggestive of fetal hypoxia warrants timely intervention.
Sinus bradycardia is often a result of conditions that cause fetal hypoxia, such as maternal hypotension, umbilical cord prolapse, and placental abruption.
1) Prenatal asphyxia and severe, chronic fetal hypoxia are probably present in those disorders.
Nearly 30% of neonatal deaths in South Africa are described to avoidable fetal hypoxia, common to under-resourced countries.
Furthermore, with fetal hypoxia during labour a major cause of neonatal deaths--in South Africa, for example, accounting for 29% of neonatal deaths--this must be reduced substantially, especially in under-resourced countries.
We all know that persistent or recurrent late decelerations can be a sign of fetal hypoxia.
By this time, the fetal monitoring strip data showed that Kody "might be in trouble" from fetal hypoxia and acidosis.
Rebecca Batchelor was injured when midwifery staff failed to recognise signs of fetal hypoxia at the time of her birth at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Cambridgeshire, in February 1991.
329,330) Oxygen should be delivered to maintain saturation above 95% in order to prevent maternal and fetal hypoxia.