Ketoacidosis definition

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Metabolic acidosis caused by an abnormally high concentration of ketone bodies in the blood and body tissues.
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This condition occurring as a complication of untreated or improperly controlled diabetes mellitus, especially type 1 diabetes, characterized by thirst, fatigue, a fruity odor on the breath, and other symptoms, and having the potential to progress to coma or death.
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(pathology) A severe form of ketosis, most commonly seen in diabetics, in which so much ketone is produced that acidosis occurs.
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Noun

Singular:
ketoacidosis
Plural:
ketoacidoses

Origin of ketoacidosis