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oxygen debt

noun, Physiology
the body's oxygen deficiency resulting from strenuous physical activity.
Origin of oxygen debt
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He has used up the surplus oxygen in his system, and that has to be replaced; he has run into 'oxygen debt'.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
oxygen debt in Medicine

oxygen debt n.
The amount of extra oxygen required by muscle tissue to oxidize lactic acid and replenish depleted ATP and phosphocreatine following vigorous exercise.

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