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altitude sickness

 

Definition: a syndrome caused by low inspired oxygen pressure (as at high altitude) and characterized by nausea, headache, dyspnea, malaise, and insomnia; in severe instances, pulmonary edema and adult respiratory distress syndrome can occur;

Synonym(s): Acosta disease, mountain sickness, puna, soroche

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