hypothermia

[ hahy-puh-thur-mee-uh ]
/ ˌhaɪ pəˈθɜr mi ə /

noun

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

Origin of hypothermia

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

Related forms

hy·po·ther·mic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypothermic

hypothermia

/ (ˌhaɪpəʊˈθɜːmɪə) /

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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Medicine definitions for hypothermic

hypothermia

[ hī′pə-thûrmē-ə ]

n.

Abnormally low body temperature.

Related forms

hy′po•thermic (-mĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for hypothermic

hypothermia

[ hī′pə-thûrmē-ə ]

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