One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An excess of glucose in the bloodstream, often associated with diabetes mellitus.
- ‘Administration of epinephrine may cause severe hypertension and may cause hyperglycemia in diabetics.’
- ‘He suffered myocardial infarction in 1994 and has diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and impaired renal function.’
- ‘Three key features of diabetic acidosis are hyperglycemia, ketosis, and acidosis.’
- ‘Cardiovascular disease is substantially increased in diabetes, with hyperglycaemia an independent risk factor.’
- ‘The glucose level should be determined to rule out hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia and to help diagnose occult diabetes.’
Late 19th century: from hyper- ‘above normal’ + glyco- + -emia.
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