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1[mass noun] An abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the blood.
- ‘Adults with cystic fibrosis are susceptible to hypoxemia, hypercapnia, arousal from sleep, and neurobehavioral impairment.’
- ‘The absence of tachypnoea is the most useful sign for ruling out pneumonia and hypoxaemia.’
- ‘Atelectasis can be responsible for fever and hypoxemia post-operatively.’
- ‘Correcting a functional abnormality, such as hypoxemia with oxygen therapy, can preserve life while the lung undergoes healing.’
- ‘Indications for postoperative mechanical ventilation are respiratory acidosis, severe hypoxemia, atelectasis, and pneumonia.’
- 1.1Ecology Oxygen deficiency in a biotic environment.
Late 19th century: from hypo- (denoting an element in a low valency) + oxygen + -aemia.
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