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Pronunciation: kar-bok′sē-hē′mō-glō′bin

Definition: A fairly stable union of carbon monoxide with hemoglobin. The formation of carboxyhemoglobin prevents the normal transfer of carbon dioxide and oxygen during the circulation of blood; thus, increasing levels of carboxyhemoglobin result in various degrees of asphyxiation, including death.

Synonym(s): carbon monoxide hemoglobin, carbonmonoxy myoglobin

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