nitrogen narcosis


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nitrogen narcosis

n.
A condition of confusion or euphoria resulting from increased levels of dissolved nitrogen in the blood, as that occurring in deep-sea divers breathing air under high pressure.

ni′trogen narco`sis


n.
a stupor or euphoria induced in deep-sea divers when nitrogen from air enters the blood at higher than atmospheric pressure. Also called rapture of the deep.
[1935–40]
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Noun1.nitrogen narcosis - confused or stuporous state caused by high levels of dissolved nitrogen in the blood; "deep-sea divers can suffer nitrogen narcosis from breathing air under high pressure"
narcosis - unconsciousness induced by narcotics or anesthesia
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