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hyperemesis Syllabification: hy·per·em·e·sis
Pronunciation: /hīpəˈreməsəs/

Definition of hyperemesis in English:

noun

Medicine
1Severe or prolonged vomiting: the clinical practicability is limited by a higher degree of side effects, especially hyperemesis
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  • Cannabinoids have been found to have an antiemetic effect...but paradoxically chronic cannabis use results in hyperemesis.
  • Because of hyperemesis shown by all cases, it was difficult to estimate the amount of sulphadiazine actually absorbed.
  • Short-term effects of IV-CPA pulses include bone marrow suppression and significant hyperemesis.
1.1 (in full hyperemesis gravidarumˌɡraviˈdärəm) Persistent severe vomiting leading to weight loss and dehydration, as a condition occurring during pregnancy: hyperemesis gravidarum occurs in approximately 0.5 to 2 per cent of pregnancies
[Gravidarum from feminine genitive plural of Latin gravidus 'pregnant' (see gravid)]
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  • Throughout my pregnancy I have suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum.
  • In hyperemesis gravidarum, hospital treatment is often needed to stop the dehydration by giving fluids through an intravenous drip directly into a vein.
  • I was diagnosed as having hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe and constant form of morning sickness.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from hyper- 'above normal' + emesis.

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