hy·​po·​gly·​ce·​mia | \ ˌhī-pō-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypoglycemia (audio) \

Definition of hypoglycemia

: abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

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hypoglycemic \ ˌhī-​pō-​glī-​ˈsē-​mik How to pronounce hypoglycemia (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of hypoglycemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Xylitol, a popular artificial sweetener can trigger hypoglycemia or liver failure in dogs. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pet Wise: Keeping pets and guests safe during unusual holiday season," 19 Dec. 2020 There were no cases of severe hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels, or diabetic ketoacidosis, very high blood sugar levels with a dangerous buildup of ketones. Shelby Lin Erdman, CNN, "Artificial pancreas helps children as young as 6 with type 1 diabetes better control blood sugar levels, study finds," 27 Aug. 2020 Low blood sugar—known in the medical community as hypoglycemia—happens when your blood sugar level drops below normal, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "10 Signs of High Blood Sugar You Really Shouldn’t Ignore," 11 Aug. 2020 Unknown to him at the time, his bouts of depression were also triggered by un-diagnosed hypoglycemia and type-two diabetes. Stephen Wade, Star Tribune, "Mills wants activism to be remembered more than gold medal," 5 Aug. 2020 When to Worry Serious health complications can result from inadequate milk intake in a newborn, including dehydration, failure to thrive, prolonged jaundice and hypoglycemia. Susan Reslewic Keatley, New York Times, "How to Deal with Low Breastmilk Supply," 17 Apr. 2020 But there is clear evidence on risks of the drugs, which include everything from headaches, vomiting, and rashes to loss of vision (retinopathy), seizures, hypoglycemia, heart arrhythmias, and deadly heart damage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 begins amid political debate," 10 Apr. 2020 Signs of hypoglycemia include dizziness, confusion and feelings of weakness. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Medtronic recalls certain MiniMed insulin pumps tied to 1 death," 12 Feb. 2020 Sometimes hunting dogs will have seizures from hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Mark Chesnut, Field & Stream, "6 First-Aid Items That Could Save Your Hunting Dog," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hypoglycemia

circa 1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypoglycemia

borrowed from French hypoglycémie, from hypo- hypo- + glycémie glycemia

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The first known use of hypoglycemia was circa 1894

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11 Jan 2021

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“Hypoglycemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoglycemia. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British hypoglycaemia \ ˌhī-​pō-​glī-​ˈsē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce hypoglycemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypoglycemia

: abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

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