hyperparathyroidism

noun

hy·​per·​para·​thy·​roid·​ism ˌhī-pər-ˌper-ə-ˈthī-ˌrȯi-ˌdi-zəm How to pronounce hyperparathyroidism (audio)
-ˌpa-rə-
: the presence of excess parathyroid hormone in the body resulting in disturbance of calcium metabolism with increase in serum calcium and decrease in inorganic phosphorus, loss of calcium from bone, and renal damage with frequent kidney-stone formation

Examples of hyperparathyroidism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Low phosphate is commonly found in unusual kidney diseases or hyperparathyroidism, but some gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases may also cause a low phosphate level. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 7 June 2023 Hormonal abnormalities, such as hyperparathyroidism or hypothyroidism, can mess with the system and lead to constipation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 During their evaluation, Kurt reported experiencing a variety of symptoms consistent with hyperparathyroidism — joint pain, fatigue and muscle weakness — for several months. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 But the most common cause is an overactive parathyroid gland in a condition known as hyperparathyroidism. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 Sure enough, his parathyroid hormone level was elevated, consistent with the most common form of hyperparathyroidism. Damon Tweedy, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2017 The resulting condition, called hyperparathyroidism, can also lead to weakened bones, as well as kidney stones, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Jessica Migala, Health.com, 2 June 2021 Some develop a condition in which their hormones are out of balance—called secondary hyperparathyroidism—which can cause bone disease and calcium to build up in tissues and organs such as the heart and blood vessels. Grace-Marie Turner, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The left-hander’s season began with a parathyroidectomy during spring training to alleviate hyperparathyroidism. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 15 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hyperparathyroidism was in 1917

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Medical Definition

hyperparathyroidism

noun
hy·​per·​para·​thy·​roid·​ism -ˌpar-ə-ˈthī-ˌrȯid-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce hyperparathyroidism (audio)
: the presence of excess parathyroid hormone in the body resulting in disturbance of calcium metabolism with increase in serum calcium and decrease in inorganic phosphorus, loss of calcium from bone, and renal damage with frequent kidney-stone formation

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