Definition of hypercholesterolaemia in English:

hypercholesterolaemia

(US hypercholesterolemia)

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] An excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

    • ‘Obesity is an independent risk factor for myocardial infarction, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and impaired glucose tolerance.’
    • ‘He has several chronic illnesses, including diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.’
    • ‘Screening for hypercholesterolemia and coronary artery disease may be appropriate, depending on the clinical picture.’
    • ‘People with familial hypercholesterolaemia often die from atherosclerotic heart disease before the age of 40; this is particularly true for men.’
    • ‘Anyone, even children, with a family history of familial hypercholesterolaemia should have their cholesterol measured.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from hyper- ‘above normal’+ cholesterol + -aemia.

Pronunciation:

hypercholesterolaemia

/ˌhʌɪpəkəˌlɛstərɒˈliːmɪə/