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alkalosis

[al-kuh-loh-sis] /ˌæl kəˈloʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
a condition of the blood and other body fluids in which the bicarbonate concentration is above normal, tending toward alkalemia.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; alkal(i) + -osis
Related forms
alkalotic
[al-kuh-lot-ik] /ˌæl kəˈlɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alkalosis

alkalosis

/ˌælkəˈləʊsɪs/
noun
1.
an abnormal increase in the alkalinity of the blood and extracellular fluids
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alkalosis in Medicine

alkalosis al·ka·lo·sis (āl'kə-lō'sĭs)
n.
Abnormally high alkalinity of the blood and body fluids.


al'ka·lot'ic (-lŏt'ĭk) adj.
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alkalosis in Science
alkalosis
  (āl'kə-lō'sĭs)   
An imbalance in the pH of body fluids, in which the blood or other body tissue is more basic than normal.
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Encyclopedia Article for alkalosis

abnormally low level of acidity, or high level of alkalinity, in the body fluids, including the blood. Alkalosis may be either metabolic or respiratory in origin. Metabolic alkalosis results from either acid loss (which may be caused by severe vomiting or by the use of potent diuretics [substances that promote production of urine]) or bicarbonate gain (which may be caused by excessive intake of bicarbonate or by the depletion of body fluid volume). Respiratory alkalosis results from hyperventilation, which is often caused by anxiety. Hyperventilation may also be caused by asthma, congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolism, and pneumonia. Compare acidosis.

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