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insulin shock

noun Pathology.
  1. a state of collapse caused by a decrease in blood sugar resulting from the administration of excessive insulin.
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Origin of insulin shock

First recorded in 1920–25
Also called insulin reaction.
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insulin shock in Medicine

insulin shock

  1. Acute hypoglycemia usually resulting from an overdose of insulin and characterized by sweating, trembling, dizziness, and, if left untreated, convulsions and coma.
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