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Acidosis may be caused by an overproduction of acid in the blood or an excessive loss of bicarbonate from the blood (metabolic acidosis). Or it may be caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood (respiratory acidosis). If an increase in acid overwhelms the body's acid-base control systems, the blood becomes acidic. Which of the following organs tries to compensate for the excess acid in the blood?