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noun Pathology.
  1. the accumulation of excessive ketones in the body, as in diabetic acidosis.
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Origin of ketosis

First recorded in 1915–20; ket- + -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for ketosis


  1. pathol a high concentration of ketone bodies in the bloodAlso 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


n. pl. ke•to•ses (-sēz)
  1. A pathological increase in the production of ketone bodies, as in uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
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