noun \-ˈthər-mē-ə\

medical : a condition in which the temperature of your body is very low

Full Definition of HYPOTHERMIA

:  subnormal temperature of the body
hy·po·ther·mic \-mik\ adjective


  1. She fell into the cold water and nearly died from hypothermia.


New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1886


noun \-ˈthər-mē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYPOTHERMIA

: subnormal temperature of the body <hypothermia, defined as temperature under 36.6°C—Emergency Medicine>
hy·po·ther·mic \-mik\ adjective


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Abnormally low body temperature, with slowing of physiological activity. It is artificially induced (usually with ice baths) for certain surgical procedures and cancer treatments. Accidental hypothermia can result from falling into cold water or overexposure in cold weather. Underlying conditions such as cerebrovascular disease or intoxication increase the risk from exposure. Hypothermia is serious when body temperature is below 95 °F (35 °C) and an emergency below 90 °F (32.2 °C), at which point shivering stops. Pulse, respiration, and blood pressure are depressed. Even when the victim appears dead, revival may be possible with very gradual passive rewarming (e.g., with blankets). See also frostbite.


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