Hyperoxia

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Definition

noun

An excess of oxygen, such as in tissues and organs.


Supplement

Hyperoxia in body tissues is produced by breathing high concentrations of molecular oxygen. This may cause oxygen toxicity, one of the health concerns of scuba divers, premature babies on supplemental oxygen, and astronauts.


Compare: hypoxia.
See also: oxygen toxicity.

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