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

Examples of hyperthermia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the twins died of hyperthermia. Nancy Cutler, USA TODAY, "Father pleads guilty, avoids jail time after twins toddlers' died in hot car," 24 June 2020 Common injuries or health problems on the trail fall into three different categories—sprains and strains; cuts and burns; and hypothermia or hyperthermia. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Items You Need to Keep in Your Backpack," 27 Apr. 2020 To treat someone with hyperthermia, cool them off by applying ice packs or cold water to the neck, groin, and armpits. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Treat Three Common Outdoor Injuries," 5 Mar. 2020 Temperatures inside a car can climb 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and often, that's enough to cause hyperthermia. Scottie Andrew And Aj Willingham, CNN, "More than 38 kids die in hot cars every year, and July is the deadliest month," 30 July 2019 The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office determined LaPointe’s cause of death was hyperthermia. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Man with Down Syndrome Died in Hot Van While Caretaker Napped in the Front Seat: Police," 23 Sep. 2019 Daylin died from hyperthermia caused by his high body temperature. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "After Tenn. Boy, 3, Dies in Hot Car, His Dad Is Charged with Murder," 21 Nov. 2019 Riley Taylor, 4, died of probable hyperthermia in his father’s car on May 4 in St. Paul’s Lowertown area. Andy Rathbun, Twin Cities, "St. Paul homicides: Here’s who’s been killed in 2019 — and where," 20 Nov. 2019 When the heat rises past 95 in Montgomery, the county’s Health and Human Services Department activates a hyperthermia plan, said Mary Anderson, an agency spokeswoman. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "As temperatures rise, Montgomery asks: Should landlords have to provide AC to tenants?," 16 July 2019

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Hyperthermia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyperthermia. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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 hyperthermic (audio) \ adjective

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