January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1557
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The definitions of the term "oxygen" is presented. Oxygen is a nonmetallic element occurring freely in the atmosphere as a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. It has an atomic weight of 15.9994 and an atomic number of 8. Oxygen is a medicinal gas used in the management of certain conditions and illnesses where its presence in the body is temporarily or chronically insufficient. The features and administration of hyperbaric oxygen, singlet oxygen, and transtracheal oxygen are also discussed.


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