hy·​po·​vo·​le·​mia ˌhī-pō-vä-ˈlē-mē-ə How to pronounce hypovolemia (audio)
medical : a decrease in the volume of circulating blood in the body (as from traumatic injury or severe dehydration)
… fever and hypotension are common features in critically ill patients and may be attributed to sepsis and hypovolemia.Mark S. Cooper et al.
hypovolemic adjective
hypovolemic shock with multiple organ failure following rapid blood loss
a hypovolemic patient

Examples of hypovolemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the infestation is extreme and a person is exposed to bed bug bites for a long period of time, the individual may develop anemia and symptoms of low blood volume, known as hypovolemia, Pereira said, adding that the scenario is rare. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 14 June 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypovolemia was in 1925

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“Hypovolemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypovolemia. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British hypovolaemia
: decrease in the volume of the circulating blood
hypovolemic adjective
or chiefly British hypovolaemic
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