n. reduced oxygen content primarily in the blood and brain due to reduced vascular functioning. Common causes include: carbon monoxide poisoning, cardiac arrest, respiratory distress. The latter in particular may be triggered by drowning, strangulation, or severe allergies. Consequences depend on the region affected and the length of time the brain is deprived of oxygen. In general however, cognitive, memory, perceptual or executive dysfunctions may arise as a result of this condition. Compare hypoxia.
ANOXIA: "The individual experienced anoxia when carbon monoxide entered his or her body, causing reduced oxygen levels in his or her blood and brain, thereby causing damage to a specific brain region. "