uremia


ure·mia

noun \y-ˈrē-mē-ə\

Definition of UREMIA

1
:  accumulation in the blood of constituents normally eliminated in the urine that produces a severe toxic condition and usually occurs in severe kidney disease
2
:  the toxic bodily condition associated with uremia
ure·mic \-mik\ adjective

Origin of UREMIA

New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1857

Rhymes with UREMIA

ure·mia

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of UREMIA

1
: accumulation in the blood of constituents normally eliminated in the urine that produces a severe toxic condition and usually occurs in severe kidney disease
2
: the toxic bodily condition associated with uremia <the patient was in uremia>
ure·mic or chiefly British urae·mic \-mik\ adjective

Variants of UREMIA

ure·mia or chiefly British urae·mia \y-ˈrē-mē-ə\

uremia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Excess nitrogenous waste products in the blood and their toxic effects. Kidney impairment (see Bright disease; diabetes mellitus; hypertension; kidney failure; nephritis) or disorders that hinder urine excretion (e.g., prostatic disorders) allow urea and other protein waste products to accumulate. Symptoms usually start with fatigue and loss of concentration. They may include itching and muscle twitches; dry, flaky, yellowish skin; dry mouth, metallic taste, and ammonia breath; and nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. Advanced stages affect the nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems and can lead to hypertension, seizures, heart failure, and death. If the underlying disorder cannot be treated, dialysis or kidney transplant may be required.

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