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[ ki-toh-sis ]
/ kɪˈtoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

the accumulation of excessive ketones in the body, as in diabetic acidosis.

Nearby words

ketone group, ketonemia, ketonic, ketonuria, ketose, ketosis, ketosteroid, ketoxime, kettering, kettle, kettle base

Origin of ketosis

First recorded in 1915–20; ket- + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ketosis


/ (kɪˈtəʊsɪs) /


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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Medicine definitions for ketosis


[ kē-tōsĭs ]

n. pl. ke•to•ses (-sēz)

A pathological increase in the production of ketone bodies, as in uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
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