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hyper-

 
word element [Gr.], abnormally increased; excessive.

hyper-

(hī'pĕr), Do not confuse this prefix with hyp-.
Excessive, above normal; opposite of hypo-.
[G. hyper, above, over]

hyper-

word element [Gr.], abnormally increased; excessive.

hyper-

prefix meaning "excessive, above, or beyond": hyperacidaminuria, hyperalkalinity, hyperechema.

hyper-

Prefix meaning excessive, above normal; opposite of hypo-.
[G. hyper, above, over]

hyper-

Prefix denoting above, beyond, over, excessive. Hyper- is one of the most widely-used prefixes in medicine and covers a range of senses all of which imply an excess over the normal. It may refer to growth of a body part, for instance, indicating an abnormal increase in size, as in hypertrophy or hyperplasia. It may qualify over-production of the secretion of a gland, as in hyperhidrosis, or the excessive effect of excessive glandular secretion, as in hyperthyroidism. It may refer to over-sensitivity of a sense organ, as in hyperacusis, or overactivity of a part or of the whole organism, as in hyperactivity. It can mean an abnormal range of movement, as in hyperextension of a joint, or an abnormally high pressure, as in hypertension. It is commonly used to indicate an abnormally high level of a substance in the body or in the blood, as in hypercholesterolaemia. In almost all these senses and usages the antonym HYPO can also be applied. From the Greek huper .

hyper-

prefix denoting greater than.

super-

; supra- ; hyper- excess/superior/ above/in upper part of

hyper-

Prefix meaning excessive, above normal; opposite of hypo-.
[G. hyper, above, over]

hyper-

word element. [Gr.] abnormally increased, excessive.