hyperstimulation

noun

hy·​per·​stim·​u·​la·​tion ˌhī-pər-ˌstim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce hyperstimulation (audio)
variants or hyper-stimulation
: excessive or extreme stimulation : the act or process of excessively stimulating something or someone
The donors were fertile women who underwent controlled ovarian hyperstimulation and … ultrasound-directed aspiration of oocytes for the sole purpose of donation.Mark V. Sauer et al.
hyperstimulate transitive verb
or hyper-stimulate
hyperstimulated or hyper-stimulated; hyperstimulating or hyper-stimulating
… the estrogen does indeed hyperstimulate the ovaries, sometimes causing the egg follicles to enlarge to almost cyst-like proportions. Natalie Angier
hyperstimulating adjective
or hyper-stimulating
Several grown-ups said their children were at first overwhelmed by the party's hyperstimulating environment. Cynthia Rupe

Examples of hyperstimulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In most cases, hyperstimulation causes sluggishness, nausea, bloating and general discomfort for a week or so after retrieval. Hannah Jackson, ELLE, 8 Dec. 2022 Albeit rare, some more severe potential concerns include ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and ovarian torsion (when an ovary twists on itself). Kristine Thomason, Women's Health, 28 Apr. 2023 It can be used to prevent bleeding between periods and to control hyperstimulation of the ovaries during in-vitro fertilization, the society said in a statement. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 11 Apr. 2023 There have been reported cases of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (which can be life threatening), ovarian torsion (as in Maia's case), blood clots, development of long-term health problems, infertility, and, according to some researchers, even cancer. Andrea Stanley, Redbook, 19 Oct. 2017 Prior to the introduction of Lupron, patients were triggered with an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin, which carried a risk of hyperstimulation. Hannah Jackson, ELLE, 8 Dec. 2022 The biggest risk is perhaps ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which occurs in about 5% of IVF and egg freezing cycles. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hyperstimulation was in 1834

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“Hyperstimulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperstimulation. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

hyperstimulation

noun
hy·​per·​stim·​u·​la·​tion -ˌstim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce hyperstimulation (audio)
: excessive or increased stimulation
The donors were fertile women who underwent controlled ovarian hyperstimulationMark V. Sauer et al., The New England Journal of Medicine
hyperstimulate verb
hyperstimulated; hyperstimulating
… the estrogen does indeed hyperstimulate the ovaries, sometimes causing the egg follicles to enlarge to almost cyst-like proportions. Natalie Angier, The New York Times
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