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ketoacidosis

noun ke·to·ac·i·do·sis \ ˌkēt-ō-ˌas-ə-ˈdō-səs \

medical Definition of ketoacidosis

plural ketoacidoses play \-ˌsēz\
: acidosis resulting from increased levels of ketone bodies in the blood
Note: Ketoacidosis occurs most commonly as a complication of diabetes but may occur from other causes (such as starvation).
  • With each word from his parched mouth came an unpleasant, fruity scent of acetone, the hallmark of diabetic ketoacidosis, which occurs when the body does not have enough insulin to obtain the energy it needs.
  • —Elisabeth RosenthalDiscoverMarch 1991

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