/bɛndz/ (say bendz)

plural noun the,
a disorder involving the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood and caused by a too rapid decrease in the pressure to which the body is subjected, sometimes fatal if untreated; found in divers who have surfaced too quickly, pilots of unpressurised aircraft, workers in compressed air, etc., and characterised by pains in the lungs, the limbs and joints, and the adoption of a bent position; decompression sickness; caisson disease.
{from bend1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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