[ as-i-doh-sis ]
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  1. a condition in which the body’s fluids are more acidic than normal: acidosis may be either respiratory, when the lungs fail to adequately expire carbon dioxide, or metabolic, when the kidneys fail to maintain a normal balance of acid and base.

Origin of acidosis

First recorded in 1895–1900; from New Latin; see origin at acid, -osis

Other words from acidosis

  • ac·i·dot·ic [as-i-dot-ik], /ˌæs ɪˈdɒt ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby acidosis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use acidosis in a sentence

  • Evidently the acidosis fad is to be overworked as was the old uric acid diathesis, of unsavory memory.

  • As the sarco-lactic acid liberated in the muscles is not oxygenated a condition of acidosis ensues.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The behavior of the fat in the body should be carefully watched and the amount reduced at the first evidence of acidosis.

    Dietetics for Nurses | Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • When acidosis becomes extreme, the diabetic patient is apt at any time to succumb to the dreaded diabetic coma.

    Dietetics for Nurses | Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • acidosis is a form of intoxication due to the retention of these toxic acids in the body.

    Dietetics for Nurses | Fairfax T. Proudfit

British Dictionary definitions for acidosis


/ (ˌæsɪˈdəʊsɪs) /

  1. a condition characterized by an abnormal increase in the acidity of the blood and extracellular fluids

Derived forms of acidosis

  • acidotic (ˌæsɪˈdɒtɪk), adjective

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