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see decompression sicknessdecompression sickness,
physiological disorder caused by a rapid decrease in atmospheric pressure, resulting in the release of nitrogen bubbles into the body tissues. It is also known as caisson disease, altitude sickness, and the bends.
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bends

i. A condition of pain in the extremities and joints resulting from nitrogen bubbles forming in the blood, tissues, and joints following reduced atmospheric pressure. See aeroembolism and decompression sickness.
ii. VOR (very high frequency omnidirectional radio-range) bearing error because of the distortion of propagation over uneven terrain. Also called scalloping.
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