hy·​po·​cal·​ce·​mia ˌhī-pō-ˌkal-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypocalcemia (audio)
: a deficiency of calcium in the blood
hypocalcemic adjective

Examples of hypocalcemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David had persistent hypocalcemia (low blood calcium levels) and frequent infections because of inadequate levels of T cells in his immune system. Mark Cohen, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2014 Causes of newborn hypocalcemia can have their source in either the mother or the baby. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 One of the main causes of death among hens, hypocalcemia, or low blood calcium levels, was most prevalent in aviaries. David Gelles, New York Times, 16 July 2016

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypocalcemia was in 1925

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“Hypocalcemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocalcemia. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hypocalcaemia
: a deficiency of calcium in the blood
hypocalcemic adjective
or chiefly British hypocalcaemic

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