ac·​i·​do·​sis ˌa-sə-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce acidosis (audio)
: an abnormal condition characterized by reduced alkalinity of the blood and of the body tissues
acidotic adjective

Examples of acidosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include consuming large amounts of alcohol and having medical conditions such as acidosis or kidney disease. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 Evidence suggests that metformin may increase the risk of a potentially fatal condition called lactic acidosis, which is a buildup of lactic acid in the blood. Danielle Weiss, Verywell Health, 29 Aug. 2023 Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your dog's diet can also aid in managing conditions such as acidosis and reducing oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Aug. 2023 The report also notes that Presley had severe metabolic acidosis, a buildup of acid in the blood due to kidney disease or failure. Korin Miller, SELF, 14 July 2023 Metformin in someone with poor kidney function can cause a dreaded complication called lactic acidosis. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 16 Feb. 2023 Injured tissue is more acidic than healthy tissue due to a process known as acidosis, where lactic acid and other acidic byproducts produced by damaged tissue collect. Aaron W. Harrison, The Conversation, 16 July 2021 In pets, ethanol toxicity may lead to metabolic acidosis, which can cause sudden drop in blood glucose, respiratory depression, seizures and cardiac arrest. Leticia Fanucchi, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2022 With training, our bodies adapt by expanding lung capacity, holding off the panic reflex and keeping blood acidosis in check, all factors that help us stay underwater. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2018

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acidosis was in 1900

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“Acidosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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