an abnormal condition in the body, often due to faulty metabolism, in which excessive alkali, or a loss of acid, raises the pH of the blood and tissue
Origin of alkalosisalkal(i) + -osis
- Abnormally high alkalinity of the blood and body tissues caused by an excess of bicarbonates, as from an increase in alkali intake, or by or a deficiency of acids other than carbonic acid, as from vomiting. Also called metabolic alkalosis .
- Abnormally high alkalinity of the blood and body tissues caused by a deficiency of carbon dioxide due to hyperventilation. Also called respiratory alkalosis .
Origin of alkalosisalkal(i) -osis