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

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 Every other day, a parent brought in a newborn baby with hyperthermia, a condition with symptoms that include fever, lethargy, and difficulty feeding. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 The other six possible hyperthermia deaths occurred earlier in the week in Multnomah, Umatilla and Marion counties of the state. Cady Stanton, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 Infants are especially vulnerable to hyperthermia, and can suffer from fever, lethargy, and difficulty feeding. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 In Maryland, Montgomery County issued a hyperthermia alert for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Ryan Bacic, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 The survivors were treated for hyperthermia at hospitals, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 Tauber died of hyperthermia, and his death has been ruled an accident, per the outlet. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 Oregon’s medical examiners have determined at least 83 cases of death were due to hyperthermia. oregonlive, 2 Aug. 2021 The family's deaths were determined to be hyperthermia and probable dehydration due to environmental exposure. NBC News, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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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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