insulin shock

noun

: severe hypoglycemia that is associated with the presence of excessive insulin in the system and that if left untreated may result in convulsions and progressive development of coma

Examples of insulin shock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An overabundance of insulin causes insulin shock and leads to a variety of symptoms, including coma. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2024 Symptoms of hypoglycemia include: Dizziness Shaking Headache Sweating Hunger Without treatment, severe hypoglycemia (insulin shock) can occur, causing muscle weakness, difficulty speaking, seizures, unconsciousness, and other concerns. Gary Gilles, Verywell Health, 18 Dec. 2023 Without treatment, severe hypoglycemia (insulin shock) can occur, causing muscle weakness, difficulty speaking, seizures, unconsciousness, and other concerns. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 22 Jan. 2023 Who knew that a flare-up of insulin shock Could be caused by a real Hallmark card? Pat Myers, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 But now Jason, her beloved husband, has died of insulin shock brought on by his diabetes. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 27 May 2022 Her family sent her to a sanitarium, where the insulin shock treatments were akin to torture. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insulin shock was in 1925

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“Insulin shock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insulin%20shock. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

insulin shock

noun
: a condition of too little blood sugar that is associated with too much insulin in the system and that if left untreated may result in coma

Medical Definition

insulin shock

noun
: severe hypoglycemia that is associated with the presence of excessive insulin in the system and that if left untreated may result in convulsions and progressive development of coma
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