Kussmaul breathing

Kuss·​maul breathing | \ ˈku̇s-ˌmau̇l- How to pronounce Kussmaul breathing (audio) \
variants: or Kussmaul's breathing \ -​ˌmau̇lz-​ How to pronounce Kussmaul's breathing (audio) \ or Kussmaul respiration or Kussmaul's respiration

Medical Definition of Kussmaul breathing

: abnormal deep, rapid, labored breathing that occurs as an involuntary response to severe acidosis (such as that associated with diabetes or kidney failure)

Note: Kussmaul breathing serves to give off large amounts of carbon dioxide which temporarily reduces acidosis but typically results in a deficiency of carbon dioxide in the blood.

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“Kussmaul breathing.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Kussmaul%20breathing. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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