[ hahy-per-thur-mee-uh ]

  1. Pathology. abnormally high fever.

  2. Medicine/Medical. treatment of disease by the induction of fever, as by the injection of foreign protein or the application of heat.

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Origin of hyperthermia

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at hyper-, therm-, -ia
  • Also hy·per·ther·my [hahy-per-thur-mee]. /ˌhaɪ pərˈθɜr mi/.

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How to use hyperthermia in a sentence

  • 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
  • During the acute stage of inflammation there is to be detected local hyperthermia, some hyperesthesia and a little swelling.

    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


hyperthermy (ˌhaɪpəˈθɜːmɪ)

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈθɜːmɪə) /

  1. pathol variants of hyperpyrexia

Derived forms of hyperthermia

  • hyperthermal, adjective

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Scientific definitions for hyperthermia


[ hī′pər-thûrmē-ə ]

  1. 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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