(medicine) An abnormal deficiency in the concentration of oxygen in the blood, be it the partial pressure of oxygen (mm Hg), the content of oxygen (ml oxygen per dl of blood) or the per cent saturation of the blood's hemoglobin, singly or in combination.
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Hypoxemia Sentence Examples
A reduced concentration of oxygen in the blood (hypoxemia) is common to all near-drownings.
In 10 to 20 percent of cases, hypoxemia results because the larynx spasms and stays closed.
Hypoxemia also occurs in "wet drowning," when the larynx relaxes and water enters the lungs.
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