caisson disease

Caisson disease, or "the bends," as the most prevalent and dangerous ailment of divers or men who work in a compressed-air atmosphere is known, results when a diver who has been working under great pressure is too quickly brought to the surface and normal pressures. Nitrogen in the air goes into and out of solution in the blood slowly. When pressure is too quickly reduced, this slow change causes bubbles in the blood and the attacks are frequently fatal.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Caisson disease — Cais son dis*ease (Med.) A disease frequently induced by remaining for some time in an atmosphere of high pressure, as in caissons, diving bells, etc. It is characterized by neuralgic pains and paralytic symptoms. It is caused by the release of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caisson disease — ☆ caisson disease n. DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS …   English World dictionary

  • caisson disease — cais·son disease kā .sän , kās ən ; Brit often kə sün n DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS * * * see compressed air illness * * * decompression sickness …   Medical dictionary

  • caisson disease — cais′son disease n. pat decompression sickness • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • caisson disease — noun Date: 1873 decompression sickness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caisson disease — aeroembolism (def. 2). [1880 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • caisson disease — noun The painful condition in which bubbles of nitrogen form in body tissues after a person makes too rapid a transition from high atmospheric pressure to lower atmospheric pressure. Syn: the bends, decompressio …   Wiktionary

  • caisson disease — noun another term for decompression sickness …   English new terms dictionary

  • caisson disease — see compressed air illness …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • caisson disease — /ˈkeɪsən dəziz/ (say kaysuhn duhzeez) noun See bends …   Australian English dictionary

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