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hypokalaemia Line breaks: hypo|kal¦aemia
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpəʊkəˈliːmɪə/
(US hypokalemia)

Definition of hypokalaemia in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
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.


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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