Medical Dictionary

HELLP syndrome

play
noun \ˈhelp-\

Medical Definition of HELLP syndrome

  1. :  a serious disorder of pregnancy of unknown etiology that usually occurs between the 23rd and 39th weeks, that is characterized by a great reduction in the number of platelets per cubic millimeter, by hemolysis, by abnormal liver function tests, and sometimes by hypertension, and that in the most severe cases requires delivery of the fetus before term

Origin and Etymology of hellp syndrome

hemolysis elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up HELLP syndrome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!