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Pronunciation: eb'yu-lizm

Definition: Formation of water vapor bubbles in the tissues brought on by an extreme reduction in barometric pressure; occurs if the body is exposed to pressures above an altitude of about 19,000 m (about 63,000 ft), or if a diver rises rapidly from a great depth to the surface.

[L. ebullire, to boil out]

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