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mountain sickness

noun, Pathology
Origin of mountain sickness
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for mountain-sickness
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  • "It's the soroche, the mountain-sickness," explained Professor Ditson.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The severity of mountain-sickness differs greatly in different localities, apparently not depending entirely on the altitude.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • And how will I manage to tow along this lump of a Pinocchio who is half dead with mountain-sickness?

    The Heart of Pinocchio Collodi Nipote
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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