hy·​per·​hi·​dro·​sis ˌhī-pər-hī-ˈdrō-səs How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio)
: generalized or local excessive sweating

Examples of hyperhidrosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Treatment options for hyperhidrosis, or sweating more than usual, include antiperspirants, Botox injections, and medications. Cathy Cassata, Health, 28 Jan. 2024 Read on to learn how to stop sweating so much with hyperhidrosis treatments. Cathy Cassata, Health, 28 Jan. 2024 This sort of excessive sweating may be diagnosed as focal hyperhidrosis or primary focal hyperhidrosis. Cathy Cassata, Health.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Unlike focal hyperhidrosis, generalized hyperhidrosis isn't concentrated in specific areas of the body. Cathy Cassata, Health, 29 July 2023 No one really knows what causes primary hyperhidrosis. Maura Lynch, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 Patients with severe hyperhidrosis have poor quality of life. Cathy Cassata, Health, 29 July 2023 The patch is a welcome departure from the currently available treatment lineup for the most prevalent type of hyperhidrosis, axillary or underarm. Maura Lynch, Allure, 21 Sep. 2023 While hyperhidrosis sometimes runs in families or signals an underlying issue (an infection, heart problem, overactive thyroid, even cancer), it may also be caused by overactive nerves signaling your body to sweat more. Cassie Shortsleeve, Men's Health, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History


New Latin hidrosis perspiration, from Greek hidrōsis, from hidroun to sweat, from hidrōs sweat — more at sweat

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperhidrosis was circa 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Hyperhidrosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperhidrosis. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


hy·​per·​hi·​dro·​sis -hid-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio) -hī-ˈdrō- How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio)
variants also hyperidrosis
plural hyperhidroses -ˌsēz How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio)
: generalized or localized excessive sweating compare hypohidrosis

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