Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

ketosis

play
noun ke·to·sis \kē-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of ketosis

  1. :  an abnormal increase of ketone bodies in the body

ketotic play \-ˈtä-tik\ adjective


Origin of ketosis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1917


Medical Dictionary

ketosis

play
noun ke·to·sis \kē-ˈtō-səs\

Medical Definition of ketosis

plural ketoses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  an abnormal increase of ketone bodies in the body in conditions of reduced or disturbed carbohydrate metabolism (as in uncontrolled diabetes mellitus)—compare acidosis, alkalosis

  2. 2:  a nutritional disease of cattle and sometimes sheep, goats, or swine that is marked by reduction of blood sugar and the presence of ketone bodies in the blood, tissues, milk, and urine and is associated with digestive and nervous disturbances

ketotic \-ˈtät-ik\play adjective



Learn More about ketosis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ketosis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin oily prompt angry
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ