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mountain sickness

noun, Pathology
Origin of mountain sickness
1840-50 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mountain sickness
  • If things don't go well, one can get acute mountain sickness, which often starts with a headache reminiscent of a hangover.
  • Be on the alert for the early symptoms of acute mountain sickness, such as a persistent headache or nausea.
  • But chances are he's suffering from the sudden onset of acute mountain sickness.
  • Some medications are available for prevention or treatment of acute mountain sickness.
  • Chronic mountain sickness is characterized by excessive red blood cell production which causes sludging of the vascular system.
British Dictionary definitions for mountain sickness

mountain sickness

Also called altitude sickness. nausea, headache, and shortness of breath caused by climbing to high altitudes (usually above 12 000 ft)
(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)
Altitude sickness brought on by the diminished oxygen pressure at mountain elevations.

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