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Medical Term:

respiratory acidosis

Definition

acidosis caused by retention of carbon dioxide; due to inadequate pulmonary ventilation or hypoventilation, with decrease in blood pH unless compensated by renal retention of bicarbonate.

Synonym(s): carbon dioxide acidosis, hypercapnic acidosis

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