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aeroemphysema aer·o·em·phy·se·ma (âr'ō-ěm'fĭ-sē'mə, -zē'-)

  1. See decompression sickness.

  2. A form of chronic pulmonary emphysema resulting from rapid decompression, as may occur in an inadequately pressurized aircraft.

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