nitrogen narcosis


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Related to nitrogen narcosis: decompression sickness, The Bends

nitrogen narcosis

[′nī·trə·jən när′kō·səs]
(medicine)
Narcosis caused by gaseous nitrogen at high pressure in the blood; produced in divers breathing air at depths of 100 feet (30 meters) or more. Also known as rapture of the deep.
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Nitrogen narcosis, also called ``rapture of the deep,'' often affects divers who venture below about 120 feet.
This low-level nitrogen narcosis was the underlying theme of my 1995 book, Raptures of the Deep (Cahners: Chicago).
In 1872 he too was felled, by nitrogen narcosis, or the bends, the result of too much time spent in the underground caissons built to sink the massive foundations of the bridge towers.
But, with increasing pressure underwater, it can create an intoxicating effect called nitrogen narcosis that can endanger even the most experienced divers.
To the unfamiliar, or those with nitrogen narcosis, it may seem clownlike.
In this first programme, about how to survive underwater, Dr Fong, above, escapes from a sinking helicopter, walks through a tank of sharks in an antique diving suit and intentionally gives himself nitrogen narcosis.