Definition of azoturia in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
      • ‘Garza's seen horses with azoturia, aka Monday Morning Sickness or ‘tying up.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In horses, the Muscle Tie-Up Syndrome is accompanied by azoturia and much pain.’
      • ‘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.’


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