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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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