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Somogyi effect

noun So·mo·gyi effect \ ˈsō-mō-jē- \

medical Definition of Somogyi effect

:hyperglycemia following an episode of hypoglycemia; especially :hyperglycemia that occurs after breakfast following nocturnal hypoglycemia and that may occur in type 1 diabetes especially when too much insulin has been taken the day before called also Somogyi phenomenon ; compare dawn phenomenon

Biographical Note for somogyi effect

  • Somogyi, Michael (1883–1971), American biochemist. Somogyi was head chemist in Budapest's municipal laboratories before immigrating to the United States and becoming an instructor of biochemistry at Washington University's medical school and a biochemist at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. In 1926 he introduced a method for determining reducing sugars in human blood. In 1940 he developed a method for the determination of serum amylase in healthy and diabetic individuals. He is also credited with devising a test for acute pancreatitis.

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