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hypophysis see "pituitary gland."
hypoplasia the state or condition of being underdeveloped or undersized, as in a bodily structure or organ.
hypostasis in philosophy, the essence or essential attribute or principle of something. [4 definitions]
hypostatize to present or consider (an idea, concept, or the like) as having concrete, objective reality or form.
hyposulfite a salt of hyposulfurous acid, used in photography.
hyposulfurous acid an unstable acid found only in solution or in the form of its salts, used as a bleaching and reducing agent.
hypotension excessively low blood pressure, or an illness resulting from this condition.
hypotenuse in a right triangle, the side opposite the right angle.
hypothalamus the part of the brain below the thalamus in the ventral region of the diencephalon, important in the regulation of the autonomic nervous system and body temperature.
hypothecate to pledge (property) to another as security for a loan or other debt, without legally transferring title or ownership.
hypothermia a condition of abnormally low body temperature.
hypothesis a proposed explanation that accounts for observed phenomena or known facts and that can be used to guide further investigation. [3 definitions]
hypothesize to form a hypothesis; make an informed guess; theorize. [2 definitions]
hypothetical based on a premise rather than having substance in reality; supposed. [4 definitions]
hypothyroidism a deficiency in thyroid activity and secretion, resulting, if unchecked, in goiter and loss of vigor in victims and in cretinism in fetuses borne by them.
hypotonic in chemistry, (of a solution) having a lower osmotic pressure than another solution. [2 definitions]
hypoxia a deficiency of oxygen in bodily tissue.
hyrax any of various small plant-eating mammals of Africa and Asia, similar to rodents, that have short ears and tail and hooflike toenails.
hyssop a woody aromatic plant of the mint family that is native to Asia and bears blue flowers in spikes.
hysterectomy surgical removal of the uterus and sometimes the ovaries.
hysteresis a lag in the effect on matter after a change in forces affecting it, esp. magnetic forces.