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Altitude Sickness

Definition of the noun altitude sickness

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  1. effects (as nosebleed or nausea) of oxygen deficiency in the blood and tissues at high altitudes
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: hypoxia = oxygen deficiency causing a very strong drive to correct the deficiency
    • more specific term: mountain sickness = nausea and shortness of breath experienced by mountain climbers above ten thousand feet

Alternative definition of the noun altitude sickness


  1. [medicine] A pathological condition caused by oxygen deficiency at high altitudes; symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, and nosebleed.

Specialised definition of the noun altitude sickness

Glossary of sports

a reduction in the amount of oxygen in body tissues caused by being at high altitudes, which may affect athletes performing abroad (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

health dangers which occur due to the reduced partial oxygen pressure (oxygen) which can be observed in altitudes over 2000 m above sea level. The reduced oxygen supply diminishes physical and mental performance capacity and endurance (altitude performance capacity). Altitude sickness is common to people who are not well-adapted to alpine conditions. The symptoms are: headaches, nausea, difficulty in breathing, pulse acceleration as well as psychological changes and unconsciousness. Reduced performances become evident at high altitudes in athletes and mountain climbers without oxygen equipment. Altitude acclimatization is necessary for prevention. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a condition caused by reduced oxygen in the air above altitudes of 7,000 to 8,000 feet (3,600 metres). Symptoms include headaches, breathlessness, fatigue, nausea and swelling of the face, hands and feet. (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


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Google previewOxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine (2006)

by Michael Kent

Acclimatization to avoid * altitude sickness, generally takes 1–3 days at a given altitude. For example, if a person goes ...

Google previewWebster's New World Medical Dictionary, 3rd Edition (2009)

by WebMD

altitude sickness 16 altitude sickness Sickness caused by being at a high altitude , usually above 2,400 meters (approximately 8,000 feet). The cause of altitude sickness is a matter of oxygen physiology. At sea level the concentration of oxygen ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies (2012)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer G. Rolf

Altitude sickness can range from less severe acute mountain sickness (AMS), to potentially life-threatening conditions such as high-altitude pulmonary edema ( HAPE) or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Other conditions such as chronic ...

Google previewLewis' Dictionary of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (1999)

by Jeffrey Wayne Vincoli

Acute altitude sickness may occur after a few hours' exposure to a high altitude. Mental function may be affected, and there may be lightheadedness and breathlessness. Eventually headache and prostration may occur. Older persons and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol. (2008)

by Wilhelm Kirch

Cross-References ▷ Complementary Medicine ▷ Holistic Medicine ▷ Traditional Medicine Altitude Sickness Synonyms Mountain sickness; Altitude illness Definition Altitude sickness is a medical condition caused by acute exposure to high ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

See also altitude sickness. altitude anoxia [L, altus, high; Gk, a, without, oxys, sharp, genein, to produce], oxygen deprivation in a high-altitude atmosphere. altitude sickness, a syndrome associated with the relatively low partial pressure ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary Of Aviation (2006)

by Kumar

altitude sickness In general, any sickness brought on by exposure to reduced partial pressure of oxygen and barometric pressure. altitude slot The blank area at the origin of a radial display of side-looking airborne radar, which represents an ...

Google previewThe Military Dictionary (1987)

altitude sickness—(DOD) The syndrome of de pression, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and collapse, due to decreased atmospheric ...

Google previewChurchill Livingstone's Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (2008)

by Sheila Jennett

See also acclimation, altitude sickness, altitude training, chemoreceptors, ...

Google previewDictionary of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality (2012)

by S. Medlik

altitude sickness A feeling of nausea accompanied by sickness, which afflicts at high altitudes those unaccustomed to them, caused by breathing air deficient in oxygen. Also known as mountain sickness. Amadeus ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants (2005)

Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications by Christian Rätsch

Cocaisusedfor painsofalltypes, neuralgia,rheumatism, colds, flu, digestive problems,constipation, colic,upsetstomachs, altitude sickness, exhaustion, and states ofweaknessand toease labor (Quijada Jara 1982, 35 ff.).Coca leaves areburned ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Exercise, Sport and Health (2004)

by Peter Brukner, Karim Khan, John Kron

Altitude sickness An illness that occurs when breathing in air at a significantly lower atmospheric pressure and oxygen content compared to sea level.

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

altitude sickness The syndrome of depression , anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and collapse, due to decreased atmospheric ...

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