hy·​po·​ka·​le·​mia ˌhī-pō-ˌkā-ˈlē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypokalemia (audio)
: a deficiency of potassium in the blood
hypokalemic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Low potassium levels can lead to hypokalemia, which can cause muscle weakness, spasms, cramps, tingling, numbness and, in severe cases, paralysis. Laura Landro, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from hypo- + kalium potassium (from kali alkali, from Arabic qily saltwort) + -emia

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypokalemia was in 1949

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“Hypokalemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypokalemia. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hypokalaemia
: a deficiency of potassium in the blood

called also hypopotassemia

hypokalemic adjective
or chiefly British hypokalaemic

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