[ hahy-puh-thur-mee-uh ]

  1. Pathology. subnormal body temperature.

  2. 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

Other words from hypothermia

  • hy·po·ther·mic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hypothermia


/ (ˌhaɪpəʊˈθɜːmɪə) /

  1. pathol an abnormally low body temperature, as induced in the elderly by exposure to cold weather

  2. 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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Scientific definitions for hypothermia


[ hī′pə-thûrmē-ə ]

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

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