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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An abnormally low concentration of potassium ions in the blood.

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  • noun medicine The condition of having an abnormally low concentration of potassium ions in the blood.

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  • noun abnormally low level of potassium in the circulating blood leading to weakness and heart abnormalities; associated with adrenal tumors or starvation or taking diuretics

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[hypo– + New Latin kalium, potassium (from Medieval Latin kali, alkali, potassium, from Arabic qily, ashes, lye, potash; see alkali) + –emia.]

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