- a state of collapse caused by a decrease in blood sugar resulting from the administration of excessive insulin.
Origin of insulin shock
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called insulin reaction.
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- 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 convulsionsSee also hyperinsulinism
- Acute hypoglycemia usually resulting from an overdose of insulin and characterized by sweating, trembling, dizziness, and, if left untreated, convulsions and coma.