aldosteronism

aldosteronism

[al-doh-ster-uh-niz-uhm, al-dos-tuh-roh-]
noun Pathology.
an abnormality of the body's electrolyte balance, caused by excessive secretion of aldosterone by the adrenal cortex and characterized by hypertension, low serum potassium, excessive urination, and alkalosis.
Also called hyperaldosteronism.


Origin:
1950–55; aldosterone + -ism

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aldosteronism al·dos·ter·on·ism (āl-dŏs'tə-rō-nĭz'əm, āl'dō-stěr'ə-)
n.
A disorder marked by excessive secretion of the hormone aldosterone, which can cause weakness, cardiac irregularities, and abnormally high blood pressure. Also called hyperaldosteronism.

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