hyperthermia

noun
hy·​per·​ther·​mia | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hyperthermia (audio) \

Definition of hyperthermia

: exceptionally high fever especially when induced artificially for therapeutic purposes

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Other Words from hyperthermia

hyperthermic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈthər-​mik How to pronounce hyperthermia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hyperthermia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As of Tuesday, the Multnomah County medical examiner had identified at least 67 deaths suspected to have been caused by hyperthermia, 40 of which were formally determined to have been due to the heat. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 8 July 2021 Annually, more people in the United States die of hyperthermia (more than 600, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) than from any other weather event. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 The county’s first hyperthermia death was reported Sunday, but the vast majority of deaths were reported beginning Monday — when Portland temperatures peaked at 116 degrees. oregonlive, 4 July 2021 The King County medical examiner’s office, which covers an area including Seattle, said at least two people died of hyperthermia. Andrew Selsky And Jim Morris, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 In Benton County, Washington, a 73-year-old woman with underlying conditions died; the cause was related to hyperthermia from the heat, said coroner William Leach. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 30 June 2021 The King County Medical Examiner's office said two people died due to hyperthermia, meaning their bodies had became dangerously overheated. Fox News, 30 June 2021 The King County medical examiner’s office, which covers an area including Seattle, said at least two people died of hyperthermia. Andrew Selsky And Jim Morris, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 In a statement, Oregon’s Multnomah County medical examiner blamed 45 heat deaths there on hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body to deal with heat. Fox News, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of hyperthermia

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperthermia

New Latin, from hyper- + therm- + -ia

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The first known use of hyperthermia was in 1887

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17 Jul 2021

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“Hyperthermia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperthermia. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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hyperthermia

noun
hy·​per·​ther·​mia | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hyperthermia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperthermia

1 : elevated temperature of the body (as that occurring in heatstroke) — see malignant hyperthermia
2 : the artificial heating of all or part of the body (as in diathermy) for therapeutic purposes (as to treat cancer)

Other Words from hyperthermia

hyperthermic \ -​mik How to pronounce hyperthermia (audio) \ adjective

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