hypoglycemia

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noun hy·po·gly·ce·mia \ˌhī-pō-glī-ˈsē-mē-ə\

Definition of hypoglycemia

  1. :  abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

hypoglycemic

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Did You Know?

The root glyk- means "sweet" in Greek, so glyc shows up in the names of various terms referring to a sugar as a chemical ingredient, such as glycerine and monoglyceride. People with diabetes have difficulty controlling the sugar in their blood. Too little can be dangerous; its early symptoms may be as minor as nervousness, shaking, and sweating, but it can lead to seizures and unconsciousness. Luckily, it can be taken care of easily by eating or drinking something high in carbohydrates. Its opposite, hyperglycemia, is the main symptom of diabetes, and usually requires an injection of insulin, which the sufferer usually gives himself. Today many people--though not doctors--use hypoglycemia to mean a completely different condition, with some of the same milder symptoms, that doesn't involve low blood sugar.

Origin and Etymology of hypoglycemia

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1894


Medical Dictionary

hypoglycemia

noun hy·po·gly·ce·mia

Medical Definition of hypoglycemia

  1. :  abnormal decrease of sugar in the blood

Variants of hypoglycemia

or chiefly British

hypoglycaemia

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