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noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood.
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Origin of hypoglycemia

First recorded in 1890–95; hypo- + glyc- + -emia
Related formshy·po·gly·ce·mic, adjective
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  • She had seen some peculiar conditions at this station, but hypoglycemic shock was something new.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

Word Origin and History for hypoglycemic



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

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hypoglycemic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to hypoglycemia.
  2. Lowering the concentration of glucose in the blood. Used of a drug.
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  1. An abnormally low concentration of glucose in the blood.
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hypoglycemic in Science


  1. 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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