A deficiency of potassium in the blood.
The reference range for serum potassium level is 3.5-5 mEq/L, with total body potassium stores of approximately 50 mEq/kg (ie, approximately 3500 mEq in a 70-kg person).
Hypokalemia is defined as a potassium level less than 3.5 mEq/L.
level of 2.5-3 mEq/L.
level less than 2.5 mEq/L.
Malnutrition or decreased dietary intake, parenteral nutrition
: New Latin, from hypo
- + kalium
potassium (from kali alkali
, from Arabic
) + -emia
- hy·po·ka·le·mic /-mik/ adjective