Definition of hypercholesterolemia in English:


Syllabification: hy·per·cho·les·ter·ol·e·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌhīpərkəˌlestərəˈlēmēə
(British hypercholesterolaemia)


  • An excess of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
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    • He has several chronic illnesses, including diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.
    • Obesity is an independent risk factor for myocardial infarction, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and impaired glucose tolerance.
    • Screening for hypercholesterolemia and coronary artery disease may be appropriate, depending on the clinical picture.


late 19th century: from hyper- 'above normal' + cholesterol + -emia.

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