Definition of hypokalaemia in English:

hypokalaemia

(US hypokalemia)

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] Deficiency of potassium in the bloodstream.

    • ‘Underlying causes of atrial fibrillation should be treated, including infection, congestive heart failure, hypoxia, hypokalemia and pneumonia.’
    • ‘More potassium is given if hypokalemia is present.’
    • ‘We have found aldosterone antagonists especially helpful in patients with persistent hypokalemia despite potassium replacement.’
    • ‘The patient also received six weeks of potassium supplementation for amphotericin-related hypokalemia.’
    • ‘It has been used in combination with potassium-wasting diuretics to prevent hypokalemia.’

Origin

1940s: from hypo- ‘below’ + modern Latin kalium potassium.

Pronunciation:

hypokalaemia

/ˌhʌɪpəʊkəˈliːmɪə/