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myxedema

[mik-si-dee-muh] /ˌmɪk sɪˈdi mə/
noun, Pathology
1.
a condition characterized by thickening of the skin, blunting of the senses and intellect, and labored speech, associated with hypothyroidism.
Also, myxoedema.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; myx- + edema
Related forms
myxedematous
[mik-si-dem-uh-tuh s, -dee-muh-] /ˌmɪk sɪˈdɛm ə təs, -ˈdi mə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
myxedemic
[mik-si-dem-ik] /ˌmɪk sɪˈdɛm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
postmyxedematous, adjective
postmyxedemic, adjective
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Examples from the web for myxedema
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for myxedema

myxoedema

/ˌmɪksɪˈdiːmə/
noun
1.
a disease resulting from underactivity of the thyroid gland characterized by puffy eyes, face, and hands and mental sluggishness See also cretinism
Derived Forms
myxoedemic (ˌmɪksɪˈdɛmɪk), myxoedematous (ˌmɪksɪˈdɛmətəs; -ˈdiː-), (US) myxedemic, myxedematous, adjective
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myxedema in Medicine

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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