hy·​per·​gly·​ce·​mia | \ ˌhī-pər-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hyperglycemia (audio) \

Definition of hyperglycemia

: excess of sugar in the blood

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Other Words from hyperglycemia

hyperglycemic \ ˌhī-​pər-​glī-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce hyperglycemia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyperglycemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latter drug, however, raises insulin resistance and may therefore make hyperglycemia even worse. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2021 Doctors have known for decades that any severe health event—pneumonia, heart attack, stroke, trauma—can cause blood glucose levels to spike, a condition called hyperglycemia that is a signature of diabetes. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2021 But when taken for a longer period of time, the side effects can be severe and may include glaucoma, high blood pressure, and hyperglycemia that can exacerbate existing diabetes, the WHO says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 5 Oct. 2020 Carrying around extra fat cells also affects other physiological pathways, many of which—high blood pressure, hyperglycemia (persistently high blood glucose levels), and high cholesterol, for example—can lead to potentially fatal heart problems. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, 23 Jan. 2018 People with hyperglycemia tend to be overweight and face greater long-term risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, even if, in the early stages, their condition does not meet the criteria for those diseases. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, 6 Aug. 2020 Severe cases of hyperglycemia can lead to loss of consciousness, seizure or death. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 12 Feb. 2020 Insulin keeps the body’s blood sugar level from getting too high (known as hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 27 Nov. 2019 Have strategies in place for when blood sugar levels are off High blood sugar (aka hyperglycemia) happens when your blood sugar level is higher than your target or 180. Korin Miller, Health.com, 18 Nov. 2019

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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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“Hyperglycemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperglycemia. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British hyperglycaemia \ ˌhī-​pər-​glī-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce hyperglycemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperglycemia

: an excess of sugar in the blood

Other Words from hyperglycemia

hyperglycemic or chiefly British hyperglycaemic \ -​mik How to pronounce hyperglycemia (audio) \ adjective

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