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Definition of Kussmaul breathing

Kussmaul breathing: Air hunger, or the rapid, deep, and labored breathing characteristic of patients with acidosis (excess acidity of tissues). For example, Kussmaul breathing is seen with the acidosis of diabetes mellitus that is seriously out of control. Treatment is directed toward controlling the underlying disease.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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