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Dehydration (de’’hi-dra’shun) (Part of speech – noun)

Dehydration is the condition that results from undue loss of water; removal of water from the body or tissue. Severe dehydration can lead to fatal shock, acidosis, and the accumulation of waste products in the body.

Water accounts for more than half the body’s weight. Under normal conditions, the 24 hour output of fluid in urine and feces and through the lungs and skin, is about 2500 ml. To make up for this loss, the same amount must be taken in to maintain fluid balance. When the fluid intake is insufficient or the output is excessive, fluid volume deficit occurs.


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