Definitions for hypothyroidismˌhaɪ pəˈθaɪ rɔɪˌdɪz əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hy•po•thy•roid•ismˌhaɪ pəˈθaɪ rɔɪˌdɪz əm(n.)
deficient activity of the thyroid gland.
the condition produced by a deficiency of thyroid secretion, resulting in goiter, myxedema, and, in children, cretinism.
Origin of hypothyroidism:
an underactive thyroid gland; a glandular disorder resulting from insufficient production of thyroid hormones
The disease state caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland.
Hypothyroidism is a state in which the thyroid gland does not produce a sufficient amount of the thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine. Iodine deficiency is often cited as the most common cause of hypothyroidism worldwide but it can be caused by many other factors. It can result from the lack of a thyroid gland or from iodine-131 treatment, and can also be associated with increased stress. Severe hypothyroidism in infants can result in cretinism. A 2011 study concluded that about 8% of women over 50 and men over 65 in the UK suffer from an under-active thyroid and that as many as 100,000 of these people could benefit from treatment they are currently not receiving.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A syndrome that results from abnormally low secretion of THYROID HORMONES from the THYROID GLAND, leading to a decrease in BASAL METABOLIC RATE. In its most severe form, there is accumulation of MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDES in the SKIN and EDEMA, known as MYXEDEMA.
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