One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or an act of recompressing something, especially a gas; the fact or state of being compressed again.
2The action or an act of recompressing a person or animal, especially by exposure to increasing air pressure (typically during descent from a high-altitude flight without pressurization, or following decompression after a dive).
Early 19th century. From re- + compression, after recompress.
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