i. A condition of pain in the extremities and joints resulting from nitrogen bubbles forming in the blood, tissues, and joints following reduced atmospheric pressure. See aeroembolism and decompression sickness.
ii. VOR (very high frequency omnidirectional radio range) bearing error because of the distortion of propagation over uneven terrain. Also called scalloping.

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