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acidosis

Pronunciation: as′i-dō′sis

Definition: A pathologic state characterized by an increase in the concentration of hydrogen ions in the arterial blood above the normal level, 40 nmol/L, or pH less than 7.4; may be caused by an accumulation of carbon dioxide or acidic products of metabolism or by a decrease in the concentration of alkaline compounds.

[acid + G. -ōsis, condition]

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