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nitrogen narcosis

 

Definition:

  1. narcosis produced by nitrogenous materials such as occurs in certain forms of uremia and hepatic coma;
  2. stuporous condition characterized by disorientation and by loss of judgment and skill, attributed to an increased partial pressure of nitrogen in the inspired air of deep-sea divers during underwater operations. Commonly referred to as “rapture of the deep.”

Synonym(s): rapture of the deep

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