ke·​to·​gen·​e·​sis ˌkē-tō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce ketogenesis (audio)
: the production of ketone bodies (as in diabetes)

Examples of ketogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many individuals have trouble giving up carbohydrates, while the shift from glucose to ketone metabolism is a major step in long-term ketogenesis. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 This also promotes ketogenesis, or the formation of ketone bodies – molecules produced in the liver as an energy source when glucose is not available. Mckale Montgomery, The Conversation, 19 May 2022

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Word History


keto- + genesis, probably after German Ketogenese

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ketogenesis was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Ketogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ke·​to·​gen·​e·​sis ˌkēt-ō-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce ketogenesis (audio)
plural ketogeneses -ˌsēz How to pronounce ketogenesis (audio)
: the production of ketone bodies (as in diabetes mellitus)
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