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ˌmɪk sɪˈdi məmyxede·ma

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  1. myxedema, myxoedema(noun)

    hypothyroidism marked by dry skin and swellings around lips and nose as well as mental deterioration


  1. myxedema(Noun)

    A form of cutaneous and dermal edema that is secondary to increased deposition of connective tissue components in subcutaneous tissue.


  1. Myxedema

    The term myxedema has been applied to multiple medical conditions. Most commonly, it used used as a synonym for severe hypothyroidism. It can also be used to describe a dermatologic condition associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis or a dermatologic condition in long-standing hypothyroidism in which mucopolysaccharides are deposited in the dermis. Myxedema, in the first sense, is a form of hypothyroidism developing in the older child or adult. The clinical manifestations vary with the age of the onset of the deficiency. Clinical features of myxedema are characterized by a slowing of physical and mental activity. The initial symptoms include generalized fatigue, apathy, and mental sluggishness. Speech and intellectual functions become slowed. Patients with myxedema are unenthusiastic, cold intolerant, and frequently overweight. Decreased gastrointestinal motility results in constipation, and decreased sympathetic activity reduces sweating. The skin of these patients is often cool and pale. The patients often complain about shortness of breath and decreased exercise capacity. In addition, hypothyroidism promotes atherogenic profile, and serum levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein are increased. Patients with unexplained increase in body weight or hypercholesterolemia should be assessed for potential hypothyroidism. Measurement of serum TSH level is the most sensitive screening test for this disorder. Myxedema describes a specific form of cutaneous and dermal edema secondary to increased deposition of connective tissue components in subcutaneous tissue as seen in various forms of hypothyroidism and Graves' disease. It is more common in women than in men.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Myxedema

    A condition characterized by a dry, waxy type of swelling (EDEMA) with abnormal deposits of MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDES in the SKIN and other tissues. It is caused by a deficiency of THYROID HORMONES. The skin becomes puffy around the eyes and on the cheeks. The face is dull and expressionless with thickened nose and lips.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of myxedema in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of myxedema in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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