- 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 hy·per·ther·my [hahy-per-thur-mee] /ˌhaɪ pərˈθɜr mi/.
Origin of hyperthermia
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- pathol variants of hyperpyrexia
Word Origin and History for hyperthermy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Abnormally high body temperature, usually resulting from infection, medication, or head injury, and sometimes brought about intentionally to treat diseases, especially certain cancers.
- 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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