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dawn phenomenon

(dôn)
n.
  1. The occurrence of abrupt increases in fasting levels of plasma glucose concentrations between the hours of 5 and 9 a.m., without preceding hypoglycemia, especially in diabetic patients receiving insulin therapy.
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