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hyperosmolar syndrome

hy·per·os·mo·lar syn·drome

/ˌhī-pə-ˌräz-ˈmō-lər ˈsinˌdrōm/

Noun

A hyperglycemic condition most often seen in elderly diabetic patients in which not enough insulin is available to metabolize glucose, causing a significant amount of excess glucose to build in the bloodstream. It is triggered by a stressor on the body, such as an illness or infection. It can happen to people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, but occurs more often in people with Type 2. It may take days or even weeks to develop.