Definition of azoturia in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Abnormal excess of nitrogen compounds in the urine.

    • ‘Hence, azoturia (excess of nitrogenous matter in the urine), which is an indicator of a functional breakdown, does not occur until three quarters of the glomeruli have ceased to function.’
    • ‘Contraindications are: progressive renal dysfunction, including anuria, increasing oliguria and increasing azoturia; pre-existing elevated serum potassium.’
    • ‘She was very fit and on a good nutritional program but shortly after completing cross country, she had a severe episode of azoturia.’
    1. 1.1Veterinary A condition that can affect horses exercised after a period of stabling, causing painful stiffness in the hindquarters and back, and dark urine containing products of muscle cell destruction.
      Also called tying-up
      • ‘When mixed with feed at the recommended dosage, Azodine helps replace sodium and calcium ions which may be lost during exercise and thus reduce the likelihood of azoturia.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, over-indulgence in grain has been tied to azoturia, yet so have vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and severe dehydration.’
      • ‘In horses, the Muscle Tie-Up Syndrome is accompanied by azoturia and much pain.’
      • ‘Myositis is also called azoturia, ‘tying-up’, ‘Monday morning syndrome’, paralytic myoglobinuria and rhabdomyolysis and although the underlying causes may be different the clinical presentation is similar.’
      • ‘Garza's seen horses with azoturia, aka Monday Morning Sickness or ‘tying up.’’


Mid 19th century: from obsolete azote ‘nitrogen’+ -uria.