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hypokalemia Syllabification: hy·po·ka·le·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpōkəˈlēmēə/
(British hypokalaemia)

Definition of hypokalemia in English:


Deficiency of potassium in the bloodstream.
Example sentences
  • Underlying causes of atrial fibrillation should be treated, including infection, congestive heart failure, hypoxia, hypokalemia and pneumonia.
  • We have found aldosterone antagonists especially helpful in patients with persistent hypokalemia despite potassium replacement.
  • More potassium is given if hypokalemia is present.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlēmik/
Example sentences
  • Hypochloremic, hypokalemic, or metabolic alkalosis might be present in patients who purge.
  • A report in the Internal Medicine Journal describes a patient with chronic caffeine toxicity manifesting as hypokalaemic myopathy.
  • Consumers should not take glycyrrhizin while fasting or if they are hypokalemic, pregnant, or diabetic.


1940s: from hypo- 'below' + modern Latin kalium 'potassium'.

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