Definition of azoturia in US English:



  • 1Abnormal excess of nitrogen compounds in the urine.

    • ‘She was very fit and on a good nutritional program but shortly after completing cross country, she had a severe episode of azoturia.’
    • ‘Contraindications are: progressive renal dysfunction, including anuria, increasing oliguria and increasing azoturia; pre-existing elevated serum potassium.’
    • ‘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 Medicine A condition of horses that causes stiffness and pain in the muscles of the hindquarters and back, and the production of dark-colored urine containing myoglobin.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Garza's seen horses with azoturia, aka Monday Morning Sickness or ‘tying up.’’
      • ‘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.