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[hahy-per-thahy-roi-diz-uh m] /ˌhaɪ pərˈθaɪ rɔɪˌdɪz əm/
noun, Pathology
overactivity of the thyroid gland.
a condition resulting from this, characterized by increased metabolism and exophthalmos.
Origin of hyperthyroidism
1895-1900; hyper- + thyroid + -ism Unabridged
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  • Having a slight tendency to hyperthyroidism in the family helps keep the weight down admittedly.
  • This, accompanied by his bulging eyes and weight loss, suggests hyperthyroidism.
  • hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone.
  • The purpose of treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation and treat hyperthyroidism, if it occurs.
  • Tremors caused by an medical condition such as hyperthyroidism will likely get better when the condition is treated.
  • If your gland collects too much or too little of the radiotracer, this can cause hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
  • These symptoms may indicate a problem, such as hyperthyroidism or infection.
  • Other hormone tests are done if hyperthyroidism is suspected.
  • In such cases, overtreatment leading to hyperthyroidism is a real risk.
  • Tremor caused by a medical condition, such as hyperthyroidism, will likely get better when the condition is treated.
British Dictionary definitions for hyperthyroidism


overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland, causing nervousness, insomnia, sweating, palpitation, and sensitivity to heat Also called thyrotoxicosis See exophthalmic goitre
Derived Forms
hyperthyroid, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for hyperthyroidism

1895, from hyper- + thyroid + -ism.

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hyperthyroidism in Medicine

hyperthyroidism hy·per·thy·roid·ism (hī'pər-thī'roi-dĭz'əm)

  1. Pathologically excessive production of thyroid hormones.

  2. The condition resulting from excessive activity of the thyroid gland, characterized by increased basal metabolism.

hy'per·thy'roid adj.
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hyperthyroidism in Science
An abnormality of the thyroid gland characterized by excessive production of thyroid hormone, which can result in an increased basal metabolic rate, causing weight loss, heart palpitations, and tremors. Compare hypothyroidism.
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