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[hahy-poh-glahy-see-mee-uh] /ˌhaɪ poʊ glaɪˈsi mi ə/
noun, Pathology
an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood.
Origin of hypoglycemia
1890-95; hypo- + glyc- + -emia
Related forms
hypoglycemic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hypoglycemia
  • It takes only a little of this toxin to send a dog into hypoglycemia-induced seizures and sometimes fatal liver failure.
  • After being discharged a second time, she began having symptoms of hypoglycemia again.
  • It would seem that my undiagnosed pre-diabetic hypoglycemia was the cause of my panic attacks.
  • Patients are more likely to suffer bouts of unconsciousness as a result of hypoglycemia, a dramatic drop in sugar levels.
  • hypoglycemia is a common problem in critically ill or extremely low birthweight infants.
British Dictionary definitions for hypoglycemia


(pathol) an abnormally small amount of sugar in the blood
Derived Forms
hypoglycaemic, (US) hypoglycemic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from hypo- + glyco- + -aemia
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Word Origin and History for hypoglycemia

1893, from Latinized form of Greek elements hypo- "under" (see hypo-) + glykys "sweet" (see glucose) + haima "blood" (see -emia).

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hypoglycemia in Medicine

hypoglycemia hy·po·gly·ce·mi·a (hī'pō-glī-sē'mē-ə)
An abnormally low concentration of glucose in the blood.

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hypoglycemia in Science
An abnormally low level of sugar in the blood, most commonly caused by excessive doses of insulin in people with diabetes or by excessive ingestion of alcohol or certain other drugs. It can cause weakness, dizziness, disorientation, and, if prolonged, permanent brain damage.
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