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[mass noun] A temporary oxygen shortage in the body tissues arising from exercise.
- ‘Consequently he went into oxygen debt at the end of the race.’
- ‘When lactic acid fills the muscles or painful oxygen debt occurs, the body screams for rest.’
- ‘The problem is not oxygen debt, but carbon dioxide build up.’
- ‘And you get to watch less prudent swimmers go out fast then fall apart later as fatigue and oxygen debt hit.’
- ‘After the exercise additional oxygen is needed to convert the lactic acid back to glycogen, and breathing remains enhanced while the oxygen debt is repaid.’
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