Glossary of Terms - k
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- A condition in which acidosis is accompanied by the accumulation of ketone bodies in the body tissues and fluids as in diabetic acidosis and starvation acidosis.
- Kleihauer-Betke test
- An indicator of fetal (F) hemoglobin in red cells. The test is based on the fact that hemoglobin F is not readily dissolved in an acid buffer, unlike normal adult hemoglobin (A). Demonstration of these two hemoglobins aids in the diagnosis of a number of blood disorders, and of fetal-maternal hemorrhage.