n. a disorder of the muscles and joints. It is characterized by symptoms of severe pain, cramps, and difficulty breathing. These result when the decrease in air pressure is sudden and sustained. Also called aeroembolism- caisson disease. See decompression sickness.

BENDS: "Because of the nitrogen bubbles which form in tissues, the bends can be very painful!"
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