hy·​per·​cho·​les·​ter·​ol·​emia ˌhī-pər-kə-ˌle-stə-rə-ˈlē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypercholesterolemia (audio)
: the presence of excess cholesterol in the blood
hypercholesterolemic adjective

Examples of hypercholesterolemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, heart disease at a young age can be a sign of hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disorder that causes high cholesterol. Melissa Montoya, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2023 Konjac supplement alleviated hypercholesterolemia and hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetic subjects--a randomized double-blind trial. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 23 Aug. 2012 For example, the discovery of statins, a class of drugs commonly prescribed today to help regulate cholesterol, arose from the study of a rare genetic disorder called familiar hypercholesterolemia. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 18 June 2021 Protection against admission is also consistent across a range of chronic illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and other cardiovascular diseases. Andrew Meldrum, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Dec. 2021 His past medical history includes hypercholesterolemia and rosacea. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 18 Jan. 2018 Economists estimate that adding medical screenings for diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia in dental offices could save the U.S. health care system between $42 million and $102 million per year, or up to $33 for each patient screened. Nisarg A. Patel, Slate Magazine, 28 Aug. 2017 In addition to diabetes, CVS will roll out programs over the next two years to manage asthma, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol, and depression. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypercholesterolemia was in 1916

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“Hypercholesterolemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercholesterolemia. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


hy·​per·​cho·​les·​ter·​ol·​emia ˌhī-pər-kə-ˌles-tə-rə-ˈlē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypercholesterolemia (audio)
variants also hypercholesteremia or chiefly British hypercholesterolaemia also hypercholesteraemia
: the presence of excess cholesterol in the blood see familial hypercholesterolemia
hypercholesterolemic adjective
also hypercholesteremic or chiefly British hypercholesterolaemic also hypercholesteraemic

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