hy·​per·​ther·​mia | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈthər-mē-ə \

Definition of hyperthermia

: exceptionally high fever especially when induced artificially for therapeutic purposes

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hyperthermic \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈthər-​mik \ adjective

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Peggy Frank, 63, died of hyperthermia, or abnormally high body temperature, the Orange County Register reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "US Postal worker died of overheating while delivering mail on scorching hot day, coroner says," 25 Sep. 2018 On average, 38 children die every year after being left in the car, typically due to hyperthermia, also known as elevated body temperature. Kaitlin Menza, Good Housekeeping, "Another Forgotten Child Died in a Car — And Sadly, This Is Still Too Common," 12 May 2016 Those who need emergency shelter or transportation to a cooling center can call the hyperthermia hotline at 202-399-7093 or visit dcgis.maps.arcgis.com, according to the statement. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "D. C. activates emergency heat plan as temperatures soar," 18 June 2018 One important reaction from exposure to a gas anesthetic is a condition known as malignant hyperthermia, a combination of muscle breakdown and high body temperature. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 Temperatures soar past 120 degrees in the summer and dip below freezing in the winter, increasing migrants’ risk of death from hyperthermia, hypothermia, and dehydration. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "Volunteers Leaving Water for Migrants Traveling to the United States Border Are Helping Save Lives," 22 June 2018 In the womb, babies with HI are at high risk for hypo- or hyperthermia, dehydration, respiratory distress, malnutrition, seizure, and other life-threatening complications. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "What Is Harlequin Ichthyosis? Mom Bathes Her Baby in Bleach Because of This Rare Genetic Disorder," 21 June 2018 In 2016, a 2-year-old died of hyperthermia, a condition involving abnormally high body temperature, after he was left in a car by his great aunt. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "You spot a child or a dog in a locked hot car. Can you smash a window?," 11 June 2018 Animals that die of the stress inside the cargo hold of the plane, or succumb to hyperthermia in warehouses or trucks waiting to be loaded on board. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "When flying with your pet, going the proper route can come with a steep cost," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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hy·​per·​ther·​mia | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈthər-mē-ə \

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)

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hyperthermic \ -​mik \ adjective

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