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[ki-toh-sis] /kɪˈtoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
the accumulation of excessive ketones in the body, as in diabetic acidosis.
Origin of ketosis
1915-20; ket- + -osis Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ketosis
  • When excessive levels of ketones are produced, a metabolic state called ketosis happens.
  • Sub-clinical ketosis has been reported in as many as half of cows in some studies.
British Dictionary definitions for ketosis


(pathol) a high concentration of ketone bodies in the blood Also called acetonaemia
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Word Origin and History for ketosis

1900, from keto-, comb. form of ketone, + -osis.

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ketosis in Medicine

ketosis ke·to·sis (kē-tō'sĭs)
n. pl. ke·to·ses (-sēz)
A pathological increase in the production of ketone bodies, as in uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

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