Definition of hypoxaemia in English:

hypoxaemia

(US hypoxemia)

noun

Medicine
  • 1[mass noun] An abnormally low concentration of oxygen in the blood.

    • ‘Correcting a functional abnormality, such as hypoxemia with oxygen therapy, can preserve life while the lung undergoes healing.’
    • ‘Atelectasis can be responsible for fever and hypoxemia post-operatively.’
    • ‘Adults with cystic fibrosis are susceptible to hypoxemia, hypercapnia, arousal from sleep, and neurobehavioral impairment.’
    • ‘Indications for postoperative mechanical ventilation are respiratory acidosis, severe hypoxemia, atelectasis, and pneumonia.’
    • ‘The absence of tachypnoea is the most useful sign for ruling out pneumonia and hypoxaemia.’
    1. 1.1Ecology
      Oxygen deficiency in a biotic environment.

Origin

Late 19th century: from hypo- (denoting an element in a low valency) + oxygen + -aemia.

Pronunciation:

hypoxaemia

/ˌhʌɪpɒkˈsiːmɪə/