hy·​per·​gly·​ce·​mia | \ˌhī-pər-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə \

Definition of hyperglycemia 

: excess of sugar in the blood

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Other Words from hyperglycemia

hyperglycemic \ ˌhī-​pər-​glī-​ˈsē-​mik \ adjective

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O’Connell believes this is the range where a person with diabetes can exercise without experiencing dangerous spikes or drops in blood sugar, called hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "New Haven's FitScript Partners With American Diabetes Association," 28 June 2018 Too much blood glucose, or hyperglycemia, damages the body. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 People with diabetes are most at risk for hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, but blood sugar fluctuations can affect anyone. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop," 23 Feb. 2018 Left untreated, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can both be life-threatening, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop," 23 Feb. 2018 That can allow too much sugar to build up in your bloodstream (hyperglycemia). Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Things That Can Cause Your Blood Sugar to Spike or Drop," 23 Feb. 2018 High blood sugar—hyperglycemia—occurs when the level of glucose (i.e. sugar) in your blood becomes elevated. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 High Blood Sugar Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For," 6 Jan. 2018 Ethan, now 10, was near death from hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Patients, parents and staff at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital say thanks to #18," 6 Oct. 2017 After several tests, the scientists identified 1,720 genes associated with hyperglycemia, a condition in which an excessive amount of glucose circulates in the blood. Tracy Staedter Live Science Contributor, Fox News, "Broccoli compound could help treat type 2 diabetes," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of hyperglycemia

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperglycemia

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

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The first known use of hyperglycemia was in 1894

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variants: or chiefly British hyperglycaemia \ ˌhī-​pər-​glī-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə \

Medical Definition of hyperglycemia 

: an excess of sugar in the blood

Other Words from hyperglycemia

hyperglycemic or chiefly British hyperglycaemic \ -​mik \ adjective

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