hy·​per·​cal·​ce·​mia ˌhī-pər-ˌkal-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypercalcemia (audio)
: an excess of calcium in the blood
hypercalcemic adjective

Examples of hypercalcemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, if someone is taking very high doses of vitamin D for health reasons (as directed by their doctor), taking vitamin K may help reduce certain risks associated with vitamin D toxicity, such as the buildup of calcium in the bloodstream, also known as hypercalcemia. Discover Magazine, 29 Feb. 2024 Individuals with certain conditions such as hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium in the blood) or heart disease should exercise caution when taking high doses of vitamin D. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2023 However, excessive intake can lead to adverse effects, such as hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the blood). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 Adverse side effects include hypercalcemia (high calcium levels in the blood), which can lead to muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Anne Cook Carroll, Ms, Parents, 3 Aug. 2023 Too much vitamin D in your body can lead to hypercalcemia, or a buildup of calcium in the blood, and can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 25 July 2023 However, taking too much vitamin D can lead to hypercalcemia or high levels of calcium in the blood. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 Elevated blood calcium levels, or hypercalcemia, can be induced by a variety of things, including cancer, certain medications and excessive vitamin D intake. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 Vitamin D supplements are generally safe to take, but excessive consumption can result in hypercalcemia, a condition where calcium becomes too high in the bloodstream, leading to gastrointestinal issues, weakness and kidney stones. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 1 Sep. 2022

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypercalcemia was in 1925

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“Hypercalcemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercalcemia. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hypercalcaemia
: the presence of an excess of calcium in the blood
hypercalcemic adjective
or chiefly British hypercalcaemic

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