[af-ter-damp, ahf-]
an irrespirable mixture of gases, consisting chiefly of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, left in a mine after an explosion or fire.

1855–60; after + damp Unabridged
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afterdamp (ˈɑːftəˌdæmp)
See also whitedamp a poisonous mixture of gases containing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen formed after the explosion of firedamp in coal mines

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Exhausted volunteers found conditions in the mines almost unbearable, heat was intense, and afterdamp caused headaches and nausea.
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