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Meaning of hyperparathyroidism

hy•per•par•a•thy•roid•ism

Pronunciation: (hī"pur-par"u-thī'roi-diz"um), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. overactivity of the parathyroid gland, characterized by softening of the bones, with consequent pain, tenderness, and a tendency to spontaneous fractures, and by muscular weakness and abdominal cramps.
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