aeroembolism


aeroembolism
i. The formation or liberation of gas bubbles (chiefly nitrogen) in body tissues following rapid exposure to low atmospheric pressure conditions without using a pressure suit or a pressurized cabin.
ii. The disease or condition caused by the formation of gas bubbles (mostly nitrogen) in the body fluids. The disease is characterized principally by neuralgic pains, cramps, and swelling; it sometimes results in death. Also called decompression sickness.

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