One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In early use: an abnormally high concentration of phosphates in the blood; hyperphosphataemia (now rare). Later also: the concentration of phosphates in the blood.
1920s; earliest use found in Journal of the American Medical Association. From phosphate + -aemia, probably after French phosphatémie.
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