the syndrome due to excessive amounts of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream, causing a rapid heartbeat, sweating, tremor, anxiety, increased appetite, loss of weight, and intolerance of heat. Causes include simple overactivity of the gland, a hormone-secreting benign tumour or carcinoma of the thyroid, and Graves' disease (exophthalmic goitre), in which there are additional symptoms including swelling of the neck (goitre) due to enlargement of the gland and protrusion of the eyes (exophthalmos). Treatment may be by surgical removal of the thyroid gland, radioactive iodine therapy to destroy part of the gland, or by the use of drugs (such as carbimazole or propylthiouracil) that interfere with the production of thyroid hormones.
thyrotoxic adj.

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  • thyrotoxicosis — [thī΄rō täk΄si kō′sis] n. [ THYRO + TOXICOSIS] HYPERTHYROIDISM …   English World dictionary

  • thyrotoxicosis — noun Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1911 hyperthyroidism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thyrotoxicosis — /thuy roh tok si koh sis/, n. Pathol. See Graves disease. [1915 20; THYRO + TOXICOSIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • thyrotoxicosis — noun The medical condition caused by the state of raised levels of thyroid hormone. See Also: thyrotoxic, thyrotoxicity, thyrotoxin …   Wiktionary

  • thyrotoxicosis — The state produced by excessive quantities of endogenous or exogenous thyroid hormone. [thyro + G. toxikon, poison, + osis, condition] apathetic t. chronic t., presenting as cardiac disease or as a …   Medical dictionary

  • thyrotoxicosis — n. poisoning of the thyroid gland (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thyrotoxicosis — [ˌθʌɪrəʊˌtɒksɪ kəʊsɪs] noun another term for hyperthyroidism …   English new terms dictionary

  • thyrotoxicosis — thy·ro·toxicosis …   English syllables

  • thyrotoxicosis — thy•ro•tox•i•co•sis [[t]ˌθaɪ roʊˌtɒk sɪˈkoʊ sɪs[/t]] n. pat Graves disease • Etymology: 1915 …   From formal English to slang

  • thyrotoxicosis — /ˌθaɪroʊˌtɒksəˈkoʊsəs/ (say .thuyroh.toksuh kohsuhs) noun a disease caused by an overactive thyroid gland …   Australian English dictionary

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