economy class syndrome

(i.CON.uh.mee clas sin.drum, -drohm)
n.
A form of phlebitis in which a blood clot forms in the lower leg after prolonged immobility in a cramped space.
Example Citation:
In fact, phlebitis is quite common, the result of immobility because of an injury or traveling in a confined space, like a coach seat on a crowded flight. So many travelers are turning up with phlebitis that it is becoming known as "economy class syndrome."
— Eleanor Clift, "Flying Toward Phlebitis," The Washington Post, September 2, 1997
Notes:
This phrase first appeared in the subtitle of an article published in the medical journal The Lancet on August 26, 1988. The title is "Air Travel and Thrombotic Episodes: The Economy Class Syndrome," and it was written by Dr. John M. Cruickshank, a cardiovascular consultant to Imperial Chemical Industries, Dr. Richard Gorlin of Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, and Dr. Bryan Jennett, a neurosurgeon at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. A synonym is coach-seat clot (1994).
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