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Hypoxia

Definition
noun
A condition in which there is oxygen deficiency in a habitat or a body part.
Supplement
In a body part, hypoxia results when the oxygen is below physiological levels in spite of adequate blood perfusion. For instance, the brain receiving inadequate amounts of oxygen causes a cascade of events that may eventually harm the cells and tissues of brain.
Related forms: hypoxic (adjective).
Compare: hyperoxia, hypoxemia

See also: anoxia
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