Meaning of anoxia in English:


Pronunciation /aˈnɒksɪə/


mass noun
  • 1 technical An absence of oxygen.

    ‘Lack of oxygen or anoxia is a common environmental challenge which plants have to face throughout their life.’
    • ‘Tolerance to anoxia is relevant to wetland species, rice cultivation and transient waterlogging of agricultural crops.’
    • ‘Sugar availability plays an important role in plant tolerance to anoxia.’
    • ‘We screened several hundred inbred and exotic maize lines for their tolerance to anoxia.’
    • ‘Many wetland or riverine species are well-adapted to the low-oxygen conditions which naturally occur in their habitat, and some can tolerate several months of total anoxia.’
    1. 1.1Medicine An absence or deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues; severe hypoxia.
      ‘death due to anoxia resulting from strangulation’
      • ‘Cold injury is believed to occur due to anoxia resulting from circulatory insufficiency as well as the direct freezing effect of cold on the exposed parts.’
      • ‘Deaths and permanent neurological damage from anoxia have occurred when surgeons have unwisely performed immediate consecutive bilateral thoracoscopy rather than two separate operations.’
      • ‘He added that these injuries can be very severe because facial injuries received often affect breathing, which leads to anoxia which can result in brain damage.’
      • ‘After cardiac arrest, non-pregnant adults suffer irreversible brain damage from anoxia within three to four minutes, but pregnant women become hypoxic more quickly.’
      • ‘A sufferer of birth anoxia, a lack of oxygen to the brain at birth, people were amazed by how Mr Ryder managed to live life to the full.’


1930s from an- + ox(ygen)+ -ia.