Definition of altitude sickness in English:

altitude sickness

noun

  • Illness caused by ascent to a high altitude and the resulting shortage of oxygen, characterized chiefly by hyperventilation, nausea, exhaustion, and cerebral edema.

    • ‘The exhaustion of trekking to 7,000m forced setbacks when three of the students developed altitude sickness and cerebral edema, a life-threatening swelling of the brain caused by low oxygen levels.’
    • ‘Whether it was the beginnings of altitude sickness, hypothermia, or simply fatigue I have no idea.’
    • ‘We didn't know it at the time but two people died of altitude sickness on that mountain the week before.’
    • ‘Indeed Spanish Jesuit fathers in South America were the first in Western literature to document the symptoms of altitude sickness.’
    • ‘The bad news was that a trekker from another party had been struck down with a combination of altitude sickness and pneumonia.’
    • ‘Great care is taken to acclimatise trekkers to increasing altitudes to avoid problems with altitude sickness.’
    • ‘I was aware that altitude sickness buried mountaineers no matter their level of experience, that it was most lethal to climbers with a stubborn streak, and that I was a prime but untested candidate for it.’
    • ‘You have to climb very slowly to avoid altitude sickness, which is your biggest danger.’
    • ‘Claire's medical skills were called upon when altitude sickness and a number of minor illnesses broke out among the trekkers and their guides, and she was even required to do a bit of emergency dentistry en route.’
    • ‘In 1952 on a house boat in Kashmir, I had another throat infection and, I think, altitude sickness.’
    • ‘The chewing of the leaf helps with the symptoms of altitude sickness, wards off hunger, and provides mild stimulant effects.’
    • ‘It's been shown that if you keep returning to high altitudes, the effect of altitude sickness slowly reduces brain tissue volume.’
    • ‘He finally had to feign illness due to altitude sickness and return to Beijing to be re-assigned to another post.’
    • ‘Exhausted, he develops altitude sickness and, because neither brother has a rope, cannot descend by the same steep route.’
    • ‘To avoid suffering altitude sickness, you should drink eight ounces of water an hour, apply moisturiser regularly, put Vaseline inside your nose, and avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth while travelling.’
    • ‘Many trekkers arriving in Nepal will have established views on drug treatments for altitude sickness.’
    • ‘I led a trip in the Everest National Park and two people collapsed from altitude sickness.’
    • ‘The higher you go, the higher the risk of developing altitude sickness, or much more dangerous, pulmonary or cerebral edema, excess water in the lung or brain.’
    • ‘And like narcosis in deep-diving, there is the ever-present spectre of altitude sickness that affects the climber's ability to correctly assess the environment around him.’
    • ‘They will be at risk of many other illnesses besides altitude sickness.’
    sickness, biliousness, queasiness
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Pronunciation:

altitude sickness

/ˈaldəˌt(y)o͞od ˈsiknis/