Dictionary

ketone body

noun

Definition of KETONE BODY

:  any of the three compounds acetoacetic acid, acetone, and beta-hydroxybutyric acid which are normal intermediates in lipid metabolism and accumulate in the blood and urine in abnormal amounts in conditions of impaired metabolism (as diabetes mellitus)
ADVERTISEMENT

First Known Use of KETONE BODY

1915
Medical Dictionary

ketone body

noun

Medical Definition of KETONE BODY

:  any of the three compounds acetoacetic acid, acetone, and the beta derivative of hydroxybutyric acid which are normal intermediates in lipid metabolism and accumulate in the blood and urine in abnormal amounts in conditions of impaired metabolism (as diabetes mellitus)—called also acetone body

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: ketone groupPrevious Word in the Dictionary: ketoneAll Words Near: ketone body
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears