hyperthermia

[ hahy-per-thur-mee-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˈθɜr mi ə /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. hypertext,
  2. hypertext markup language,
  3. hyperthecosis,
  4. hyperthelia,
  5. hyperthermalgesia,
  6. hyperthermophile,
  7. hyperthrombinemia,
  8. hyperthymia,
  9. hyperthymism,
  10. hyperthyroid

Also hy·per·ther·my [hahy-per-thur-mee] /ˌhaɪ pərˈθɜr mi/.

Origin of hyperthermia

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at hyper-, therm-, -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for hyperthermy

hyperthermia

hyperthermy (ˌhaɪpəˈθɜːmɪ)

/ (ˌhaɪpəˈθɜːmɪə) /

noun

pathol variants of hyperpyrexia
Derived Formshyperthermal, adjective

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Word Origin and History for hyperthermy

hyperthermia

n.

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

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Medicine definitions for hyperthermy

hyperthermia

[ hī′pər-thûrmē-ə ]

n.

Abnormally high body temperature, usually resulting from infection, medication, or head injury, and sometimes brought about intentionally to treat diseases, especially certain cancers.
Related formshy′per•thermal adj.


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Science definitions for hyperthermy

hyperthermia

[ hī′pər-thûrmē-ə ]

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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