Glossary for Hyperthyroidism
A type of protein made by certain white blood cells in the body in response to a foreign substance (antigen). Some antibodies destroy antigens directly. Others make it easier for white blood cells to destroy the antigen.
A state in which the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells
A state of deep and often prolonged unconsciousness; usually it is a result of disease or injury.
A state of violent mental agitation
- (fa-tigue )
A condition characterized by lessened capacity for work, weariness and tiredness
An abnormally enlarged thyroid gland
- (he-red-i-tary )
Occurring amongst members of a family
- (im-mune system)
The body system, made up of many organs and cells, which defends the body against infection, disease and foreign substances
- (in-flam-ma-tion )
A response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat
A term for sexual urge or desire
- (men-ses )
The time during which menstruation occurs
One of the main hormone-secreting glands - it is located at the base of the brain
Relating to the stage in the development of a disease before the symptoms begin to show up
Pathologically excessive production of thyroid hormones leading to a crisis state; also called Thyroid storm, this is a medical emergency and can be life threatening.