acetone body


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ke·tone bod·y

one of a group of ketones that includes acetoacetate, its reduction product, β-hydroxybutyrate, and its decarboxylation product, acetone; high levels are found in tissues and body fluids in ketosis.

acetone body

ke·tone bod·y

(kē'tōn bod'ē)
One of a group of ketones that includes acetoacetic acid, β-hydroxybutyric acid, and acetone; high levels are found in tissues and body fluids in ketosis.
Synonym(s): acetone body.

acetone body

A KETONE body. One of the three compounds, acetoacetic acid, 3-hydroxybutanoic acid and acetone, produced when, in the absence of adequate available glucose, fatty acids are used for fuel. Acetone bodies are produced in large quantity in severe untreated DIABETES and are the cause of ACIDOSIS and dangerous diabetic COMA.