a condition caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood or body tissues
as the result of a sudden lowering of atmospheric pressure, as in deep-sea divers
, and pilots ascending
too quickly: it is characterized by tightness in the chest
, by pains in the joints, and by convulsions
in severe cases
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