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Half-life: rater at which a drug disappears fromt eh body through metabolism, excretion or both.

HDL: high-density lipoprotein; a protein-lipid complex in the blood that facilitates the transport of triglycerides, cholesterol and phospholipids.

HDL cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; one mechanism whereby cholesterol is transported in the blood. High HDL levels are somewhat protective against heart disease.

Heat cramps: painful muscular cramps following prolonged exercise in the ehat without water or salt replacement.

Heat exhaustion: weakness or dizziness from overexertion in a hot environment.

Heat stroke: elevated body temperature of 105.8 degrees F or greater, caused by exposure to excessive heat or heat production and diminished heat loss.

Heat syncope: fainting caused by excessive heat exposure.

Hematoma: blood tumor

HMB: beata-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, a metabolic by-product of the amino acid leucine, alleged to retard the breakdown of muscle protein during strenuous exercise.

Homeostasis: a term used to describe a condition of normalcy in the internal body environment.

Hormone: a chemical substance produced by specific body cells, secreted into the blood and then acting on specific target tissues.

HR max: the normal maximal heart rate of an individual during exercise.

HR reserve: the mathematical difference, or reserve, between the resting HR and the maximal HR. A percentage of this reserve may be added to the resting HR to determine exercise intensity.

Human growth hormone (HGH): a hormone released by the pituitary gland that regulates growth; also involved in fatty acid metabolism.

Hunger center: a collection of nerve cells in the hypothalamus that is involved in the control of feeding reflexes.

Hydrodensitometry: another term for the underwater weighing technique.

Hydrogenated fats: fats to which hydrogen has been added; usually causing them to be saturated.

Hypercholesteremia: elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Hyperextension: extreme stretching of a body part.

Hyperflexibility: flexibility beyond a joint’s normal range.

Hyperglycemia: elevated blood glucose levels.

Hyperhidrosis: excessive sweating; excessive foot perspiration.

Hyperhydration: the practice of increasing the body-water stores by fluid consumption prior to an athletic event; a state of increased water content in the body.

Hypermobility: extreme mobility of a joint.

Hypertension: a condition with various causes whereby the blood pressure is higher than normal.

Hypertrophy: excessive growth of a cell or organ.

Hypoglycemia: a low blood sugar level.

Hypohydration: dehydration; a state of decreased water content in the body.

Hypoxia: lack of an adequate amount of oxygen.

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