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[hahy-per-thur-mee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pərˈθɜr mi ə/
Pathology. abnormally high fever.
Medicine/Medical. treatment of disease by the induction of fever, as by the injection of foreign protein or the application of heat.
Also, hyperthermy
[hahy-per-thur-mee] /ˌhaɪ pərˈθɜr mi/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hyperthermia
From New Latin, dating back to 1885-90; See origin at hyper-, therm-, -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In such instances the novice will need to be deliberate as to his findings—whether or not hyperthermia really exists.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix
  • Some hyperthermia is to be recognized in acute inflammation, by comparing the extremities.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix
British Dictionary definitions for hyperthermia


(pathol) variants of hyperpyrexia
Derived Forms
hyperthermal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hyperthermia

1878, medical Latin, from hyper- + Greek therme "heat" (see thermal).

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hyperthermia in Medicine

hyperthermia hy·per·ther·mi·a (hī'pər-thûr'mē-ə)
Extremely high fever or body temperature, especially when therapeutically induced.

hy'per·ther'mal adj.
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hyperthermia in Science
An abnormally high body temperature, usually resulting from infection, certain drugs and medications, or head injury. Hyperthermia is sometimes created intentionally to treat diseases, especially some cancers. Compare hypothermia.
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