hypertriglyceridaemiamedical dictionary

<biochemistry> Elevation of triglycerides, a fatty substance found in the bloodstream. Normal triglyceride blood levels should be 10-150 milligrams per decilitre. An inherited form occurs in familial hyperlipoproteinaemia IIb and hyperlipoproteinaemia type IV.

Elevations of the triglyceride level (particularly in association with elevated cholesterol) have been correlated with the development of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart disease, arteriosclerosis and stroke.

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood

American spelling: hypertriglyceridemia

(27 Sep 1997)