ac·​i·​do·​sis | \ ˌa-sə-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce acidosis (audio) \

Definition of acidosis

: an abnormal condition characterized by reduced alkalinity of the blood and of the body tissues

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Other Words from acidosis

acidotic \ ˌa-​sə-​ˈdä-​tik How to pronounce acidosis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acidosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laughter helps expel excess Co2 from the lungs to keep them strong and more able to exchange oxygen (respiratory acidosis). Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2020 This is followed by a latent period with no apparent symptoms as metabolic acidosis develops. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 June 2020 The most common cause of the most prevalent mitochondrial disease, MELAS (mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes), in which children have repeated strokes, is an A where a G should be. Sharon Begley, STAT, 8 July 2020 This can lead to metabolic acidosis, a dangerous buildup of acid in the body that can cause organ damage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 June 2020 Severe ketoacidosis can lead to coma, or even death, and acidosis in general can trigger bad breath, headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps, constipation, and bone-density loss. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 14 Oct. 2019 She was admitted to the pediatric ICU, where she was diagnosed as being in severe shock and experiencing acute renal failure, organ damage and acidosis. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2019 But first, the hydrogen ions accumulate in the bloodstream and makes the blood more acidic, a process called acidosis. Locke Hughes, SELF, 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of acidosis

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acidosis

borrowed from German Acidose (now Azidose), from New Latin acidum acid entry 1 + German -ose -osis

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“Acidosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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ac·​i·​do·​sis | \ ˌas-ə-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce acidosis (audio) \
plural acidoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce acidosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of acidosis

: an abnormal condition of reduced alkalinity of the blood and tissues that is marked by sickly sweet breath, headache, nausea and vomiting, and visual disturbances and is usually a result of excessive acid production — compare alkalosis, ketosis sense 1

Other Words from acidosis

acidotic \ -​ˈdät-​ik How to pronounce acidosis (audio) \ adjective

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