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[hahy-pok-see-mee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pɒkˈsi mi ə/
noun, Pathology
inadequate oxygenation of the blood.
Also, hypoxia.
Origin of hypoxemia
1885-90; hyp- + ox(y)- + -emia
Related forms
hypoxemic, hypoxic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypoxia
  • Cerebral hypoxia occurs when there is not enough oxygen getting to the brain.
  • According to the report, these people had hypoxia even while awake.
  • The exercise would improve circulation heart function, etc, and avoid hypoxia which activates telomerase is sick cells.
  • Cerebral hypoxia is an emergency condition that need to be treated right away.
  • Obesity also puts people at risk for hypoxia, a condition in which there is not enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.
  • hypoxia a lack of oxygen delivery to the heart, brain and other vital organs.
British Dictionary definitions for hypoxia


deficiency in the amount of oxygen delivered to the body tissues
Derived Forms
hypoxic (haɪˈpɒksɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C20: from hypo- + oxy-² +-ia
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Word Origin and History for hypoxia

1941, from hypo- + oxygen. Related: Hypoxic.

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hypoxia in Medicine

hypoxia hy·pox·i·a (hī-pŏk'sē-ə, hĭ-)
Insufficient levels of oxygen in blood or tissue.

hy·pox'ic adj.

hypoxemia hy·pox·e·mi·a (hī'pŏk-sē'mē-ə)
Insufficient oxygenation of arterial blood.

hy'pox·e'mic adj.
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