hy·​per·​gly·​ce·​mia ˌhī-pər-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hyperglycemia (audio)
: excess of sugar in the blood
hyperglycemic adjective

Examples of hyperglycemia in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from French hyperglycémie, from hyper- hyper- + glycémie glycemia

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperglycemia was in 1894

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“Hyperglycemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperglycemia. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hyperglycaemia
: an excess of sugar in the blood
hyperglycemic adjective
or chiefly British hyperglycaemic

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