hypoparathyroidism

noun

hy·​po·​para·​thy·​roid·​ism ˌhī-pō-ˌper-ə-ˈthī-ˌrȯi-ˌdi-zəm How to pronounce hypoparathyroidism (audio)
-ˌpa-rə-
: an endocrine disorder that is marked by a deficiency of parathyroid hormone resulting in hypocalcemia and that is characterized especially by muscle weakness and cramps, tingling or numbness of the lips, hands, or feet, and sometimes tetany

Examples of hypoparathyroidism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To check for hypoparathyroidism, your doctor may also order another blood test that measures phosphorus, magnesium, and parathyroid hormone and a urine test.⁹ Treatment Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the calcium deficiency and what's causing it. Sandra Gordon, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 The episode began early last month when the drug maker pulled Natpara, which was approved four years ago to treat hypoparathyroidism, a rare endocrine disorder that can lead to heart failure and death. Ed Silverman, STAT, 18 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypoparathyroidism was in 1907

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“Hypoparathyroidism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypoparathyroidism. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

hypoparathyroidism

noun
hy·​po·​para·​thy·​roid·​ism -ˌpar-ə-ˈthī-ˌrȯid-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce hypoparathyroidism (audio)
: an endocrine disorder that is marked by a deficiency of parathyroid hormone resulting in hypocalcemia and hyperphosphatemia and that is characterized especially by muscle weakness and cramps, tingling or numbness of the lips, hands, or feet, fatigue, and sometimes tetany compare pseudohypoparathyroidism

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