hypoglycemia


hy·po·gly·ce·mia

noun \ˌhī-pō-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə\

Definition of HYPOGLYCEMIA

:  abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood
hy·po·gly·ce·mic \-mik\ adjective or noun

Origin of HYPOGLYCEMIA

New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1894

hy·po·gly·ce·mia

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYPOGLYCEMIA

: abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

Variants of HYPOGLYCEMIA

hy·po·gly·ce·mia or chiefly British hy·po·gly·cae·mia \ˌhī-pō-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə\

hypoglycemia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Below-normal levels of blood glucose, quickly reversed by administration of oral or intravenous glucose. Even brief episodes can produce severe brain dysfunction. Fasting hypoglycemia can be life-threatening; it occurs most often in patients with diabetes mellitus who mistime insulin therapy or miss meals. It also results from insulin-producing tumours, starvation, or metabolic disorders. Reactive hypoglycemia occurs when the body produces too much insulin in response to sugar intake. Symptoms range from irritability to confusion and seizures, leading to coma and death in severe cases.

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