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 acidotic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of acidosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Gene-editing discovery could point the way toward a ‘holy grail’: cures for mitochondrial diseases," 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, "Toxic methanol that causes blindness found in hand sanitizers, FDA warns," 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,, "What to Know About the Snake Diet, an Extreme Fasting Plan for Weight Loss," 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, "Mom bound for trial in case of 10-year-old who police say received unnecessary medical procedures based on false health information," 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, "Why Those Micro-Movements in Barre and Pilates Classes Burn Like Hell," 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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The first known use of acidosis was in 1900

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22 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acidosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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

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