hypothermia

[hahy-puh-thur-mee-uh]
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noun

Pathology. subnormal body temperature.
Medicine/Medical. the artificial reduction of body temperature to slow metabolic processes, as for facilitating heart surgery.

Nearby words

  1. hypothecate,
  2. hypothecium,
  3. hypothenar,
  4. hypothenuse,
  5. hypothermal,
  6. hypotheses,
  7. hypothesis,
  8. hypothesis testing,
  9. hypothesise,
  10. hypothesize

Origin of hypothermia

First recorded in 1885–90; hypo- + therm- + -ia

Related formshy·po·ther·mic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hypothermia

hypothermia

noun

pathol an abnormally low body temperature, as induced in the elderly by exposure to cold weather
med the intentional reduction of normal body temperature, as by ice packs, to reduce the patient's metabolic rate: performed esp in heart and brain surgery
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Word Origin and History for hypothermia

hypothermia

n.

1877, Modern Latin, from hypo- "under" (see hypo-) + Greek therme "heat" (see thermal).

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Medicine definitions for hypothermia

hypothermia

[hī′pə-thûrmē-ə]

n.

Abnormally low body temperature.
Related formshy′po•thermic (-mĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for hypothermia

hypothermia

[hī′pə-thûrmē-ə]

An abnormally low body temperature, often caused by prolonged exposure to cold. Compare hyperthermia.
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