myxedema

[mik-si-dee-muh]
noun Pathology.
a condition characterized by thickening of the skin, blunting of the senses and intellect, and labored speech, associated with hypothyroidism.
Also, myxoedema.


Origin:
1875–80; myx- + edema

myxedematous [mik-si-dem-uh-tuhs, -dee-muh-] , adjective
myxedemic [mik-si-dem-ik] , adjective
postmyxedematous, adjective
postmyxedemic, adjective
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myxoedema or myxedema (ˌmɪksɪˈdiːmə)
 
n
See also cretinism a disease resulting from underactivity of the thyroid gland characterized by puffy eyes, face, and hands and mental sluggishness
 
myxedema or myxedema
 
n
 
myxoedemic or myxedema
 
adj
 
myxoedematous or myxedema
 
adj
 
myxe'demic or myxedema
 
adj
 
myxe'dematous or myxedema
 
adj

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myxedema myx·e·de·ma (mĭk'sĭ-dē'mə)
n.
A disease caused by decreased activity of the thyroid gland in adults and characterized by dry skin, swellings around the lips and nose, mental deterioration, and a subnormal basal metabolic rate.


myx'e·dem'a·tous (-děm'ə-təs, -dē'mə-) or myx'e·dem'ic (-děm'ĭk) adj.
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Example sentences
Myxedema coma is a rare, life-threatening complication of untreated hypothyroidism.
Myxedema coma is treated with intravenous thyroid replacement and steroid medications.
Both thyroid storm and myxedema coma have high mortality rates even with therapy.
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