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

  • noun Acute or chronic malfunction of the kidneys resulting from any of a number of causes, including infection, trauma, toxins, hemodynamic abnormalities, and autoimmune disease, and often resulting in systemic symptoms, especially edema, hypertension, metabolic acidosis, and uremia.

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  • noun inability of the kidneys to excrete wastes and to help maintain the electrolyte balance

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