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mountain sickness

noun, Pathology
Origin of mountain sickness
1840-1850
1840-50
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  • mountain sickness, on the other hand, may be of either kind, though not of both at once.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
  • There was no nausea or headache or any other symptom of “mountain sickness.”

  • Even old hands like me are not free from mountain sickness, though it seizes us at higher altitudes than we shall reach to-day.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • The number of victims of mountain sickness at Gnatong was considerable.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
  • A fire was kindled and the tea-kettle put on, but our appetites were poor, as we were suffering from mountain sickness.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • The altitude of the rim of the canyon was 16,000 feet; the mules showed signs of acute distress from mountain sickness.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Kronecker concludes that mountain sickness is caused by a congestion of the lungs, impeding the flow of blood through them.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • Presently, a dreadful sense of weakness seized him, that mountain sickness which produces the same effects as sea-sickness.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • Meantime my mountain sickness tuned up something fierce, and I sat down on a big rock to wait for it to ease down.

    The Red One Jack London
  • I was a bit weak after my attack of mountain sickness, and stuck to my pony's back the whole way.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
British Dictionary definitions for mountain sickness

mountain sickness

noun
1.
Also called altitude sickness. nausea, headache, and shortness of breath caused by climbing to high altitudes (usually above 12 000 ft)
2.
(vet science) a disease of cattle kept at high altitude in S and N America, characterized by congestive heart failure
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mountain sickness in Medicine

mountain sickness moun·tain sickness (moun'tən)
n.
Altitude sickness brought on by the diminished oxygen pressure at mountain elevations.

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