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Pronunciation: hī′pĕr-in′sū-lin-izm, hī′per-in′syū-lin-ē′mē-ă

Definition: Increased levels of insulin in the plasma due to increased secretion of insulin by the beta cells of the pancreatic islets; decreased hepatic removal of insulin is a cause in some patients, although hyperinsulinism usually is associated with insulin resistance and is commonly found in obesity in association with varying degrees of hyperglycemia.