- The presence of excessive amounts of urea in the blood, which may be a sign of kidney disease or failure. See also urea.
* * *1. An excess of urea and other nitrogenous waste in the blood. 2. The complex of symptoms due to severe persisting renal failure that can be relieved by dialysis. [G. ouron, urine, + haima, blood]
* * *ure·mia or chiefly Brit urae·mia yu̇-'rē-mē-ə n1) accumulation in the blood of constituents normally eliminated in the urine that produces a severe toxic condition and usu. occurs in severe kidney disease2) the toxic bodily condition associated with uremia <the patient was in \uremia>ure·mic or chiefly Brit urae·mic -mik adj
* * *ure·mia (u-reґme-ə) [ur- + -emia] 1. azotemia. 2. in current usage, the entire constellation of signs and symptoms of chronic renal failure, including nausea, vomiting, anorexia, a metallic taste in the mouth, a characteristic odor of the breath, pruritus, urea frost on the skin, neuromuscular disorders, pain and twitching in the muscles, hypertension, edema, mental confusion, and acid-base and electrolyte imbalances. Some authorities prefer to call this the uremic syndrome.
Medical dictionary. 2011.