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decompression sickness Explained

decompression sickness at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] a dangerous medical condition that people get when they come up from deep under the sea too quickly// the bends//

decompression sickness at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Harmful effects of rapid change from a higher- to a lower-pressure environment. Small amounts of the gases in air are dissolved in body tissues. When pilots of unpressurized aircraft go to high altitudes, or when divers breathing compressed air return to the surface, external pressure on the body decreases and the gases come out of solution. Rising slowly allows the gases to enter the bloodstream and be taken to the lungs and exhaled; with a quicker ascent, the gases (mostly nitrogen) form bubbles in the tissues. In the nervous system, they can cause paralysis, convulsions, motor and sensory problems, and psychological changes; in the joints, severe pain and restricted mobility (the bends); in the respiratory system, coughing and difficulty breathing. Severe cases include shock. Recompression in a hyperbaric chamber followed by gradual decompression cannot always reverse tissue damage.

decompression sickness at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

decompression sickness
n : pain resulting from rapid change in pressure [syn: {aeroembolism},
{air embolism}, {gas embolism}, {caisson disease}, {bends}]

decompression sickness at English (WD) Of Explained:



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Inter: en-noun » -
  • Inter: patholog » y A sometimes fatal condition resulting from the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and tissues, because of too rapid decompression, seen especially in deep-sea divers ascending rapidly from a dive. It is characterized by severe pains in the joints and chest, skin irritation, cramps, nausea, and paralysis.


    * aeroembolism
    • aeroemphysema
    • the bends
    • caisson disease


      Inter: trans-top » condition from rapid decompression
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|減壓病|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|减压症|tr=jiǎnyābìng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|减压症|tr=jiǎnyābìng|sc=Hani
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|sukeltajantauti, Inter: t- » fi|dekompressiotauti
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|maladie de décompression|f, Inter: t- » fr|maladie des caissons|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Dekompressionskrankheit|f, Inter: t- » de|Caissonkrankheit|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|減圧症|tr=げんあつしょう, gen'atsushō|sc=Jpan
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|декомпрессионная болезнь|f|tr=dekompressiónnaja bolézn'|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » ru|кессонная болезнь|f|tr=kessónnaja bolézn'|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » decompression sickness
    Translation: ru » decompression sickness