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insulin shock

noun, Pathology
a state of collapse caused by a decrease in blood sugar resulting from the administration of excessive insulin.
Also called insulin reaction.
Origin of insulin shock
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for insulin shock
  • Severe hypoglycemia in which you become unconscious is also called insulin shock.
  • For people using insulin, hypoglycemia is often called an insulin reaction, or insulin shock.
  • Many of these elders have health conditions, for example they may experience insulin shock or worse.
  • insulin shock therapy was used to help restless or agitated patients become calm and tranquil.
British Dictionary definitions for insulin shock

insulin reaction

the condition in a diabetic resulting from an overdose of insulin, causing a sharp drop in the blood sugar level with tremor, profuse sweating, and convulsions See also hyperinsulinism
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insulin shock in Medicine

insulin shock n.
Acute hypoglycemia usually resulting from an overdose of insulin and characterized by sweating, trembling, dizziness, and, if left untreated, convulsions and coma.

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