nitrogen narcosis


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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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SCUBA divers at depths of 30 metres can suffer nitrogen narcosis - a drunken feeling which causes them to offer their air hoses to fish or make them want to smoke!
The arguments pivoting on these points form much of the dialogue in this heavy volume, and there is a dreariness to the narrative as the same accusations are repeated by the presiding judge over and over again until the reader is bludgeoned into a kind of nitrogen narcosis -- similar probably to the state of mind into which the writers were driven by the inanity of the repetitions and the hairsplitting definitions of what constituted nationalism.
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.