Could a human breathe in liquid oxygen without dying?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Nope.  We are not adapted to that degree of cold or that concentration of oxygen.

  • 1 month ago

    NO!!! It is too cold, It would freeze the lungs and blood.  Remember what happens to bananas or eggs in liquid nitrogen, they become brittle and break . Liquid oxygen is even colder.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No.  Oxygen can not exist as a liquid above -118C.  Breathing it would not be good.

  • Paul
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    1 month ago

    Even if it were possible to do so, it would instantly freeze his internal organs, killing him.

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  • 1 month ago

    No.

    Liquid oxygen, like all very low temperature liquids, would cause severe burns; it would also instantly freeze the lung membranes and the water-based mucoid films covering lung tissues.

    In any case we cannot absorb oxygen directly: it must be dissolved into the water-based mucoid liquid which covers the surfaces of our alveoli. That cannot happen when that liquid is absent or when it is frozen.

    There is a liquid we can breathe though: oxygenated fluorocarbons. It’s hard work to breathe it as it doesn’t flow as easily as air, but it has been successfully trialled on animals. There’s a (now deleted) scene in the movie “The Abyss” which genuinely shows a rat breathing the stuff. You’ll only now see that scene on the original home video release, as all DVD/BluRay/streaming and subsequent cinema re-releases no longer have that scene. 

    No human trials of liquid breathing have ever officially been approved but it has been suggested as a method of saving severely premature babies with underdeveloped lungs.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. That stuff would be at minus 184 degrees celsius or colder..

  • 1 month ago

    Probably. 

    Lake Baikal is 100% oxygen. And it's said that humanoids live under it.

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