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 hyperthermic (audio) \ adjective

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Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Excessive heat warning: How hot does it feel? Heat index, safety tips," 13 Aug. 2019 He was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago and pronounced dead July 21 due to complications from hyperthermia, or overheating, due to heatstroke, according to the medical examiner’s office. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Medical examiner confirms 2 heat-related deaths in Chicago, making 5 this season in Cook County," 1 Aug. 2019 This is also a great time to discuss general injury prevention under the sun with your vet and ask any of your lingering questions, including what to do if your dog does suffer hyperthermia or heat stroke. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "7 ways to protect your dog from heat stroke and hyperthermia," 20 June 2018 According to VHA Animal Hospitals, pet overheating, or hyperthermia is an immediate medical emergency. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "A heat wave will scorch the central and eastern US this week. Here's how you can stay cool and survive," 1 July 2019 Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, comes on suddenly in the form of a throbbing headache, rapid pulse, and red, hot, and dry skin. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly," 3 July 2019 An Arizona medical examiner said Friday that 6-year-old Gurupreet Kaur had died of hyperthermia. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "A 6-year-old from India died after crossing the US-Mexico border. More Indians are making that journey," 14 June 2019 The child was identified as Mia Villegas, who died of hyperthermia, according to the Ennis Daily News. Dallas News, "11-month-old dies after being left in hot car in Ellis County, authorities say," 27 June 2019 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

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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 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)

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

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