Word of the day : soroche


  • (noun): Altitude sickness, "mountain sickness".

Example Sentences

  • Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude.
  • I am not under favorable circumstances, either for mind or body, and at present I feel a singular lassitude and difficulty in taking exercise, but this is said to be the milder form of the affliction known on higher altitudes as soroche, or “mountain sickness,” and is only temporary.
  • Those traveling at the back of the train fight off the headache and nausea of soroche by chewing coca, the standard remedy for altitude sickness in the Andes.