hy·​po·​ther·​mia | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hypothermia (audio) \

Definition of hypothermia

: subnormal temperature of the body

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Other Words from hypothermia

hypothermic \ ˌhī-​pō-​ˈthər-​mik How to pronounce hypothermic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hypothermia in a Sentence

She fell into the cold water and nearly died from hypothermia.

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With wind chills bottoming out around -10 or worse, and only rising to near zero during the day, hypothermia and frostbite are serious concerns until perhaps Sunday. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Potentially dangerous wind chills — well below zero at times — through at least Saturday night," 5 Jan. 2018 At least 35 children and newborns have died since early December, most from hypothermia, either en route or shortly after arriving at the camp, according to the United Nations. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Battle to Oust Islamic State Takes Toll on Syrian Civilians," 13 Feb. 2019 Defense attorney Michael Wepsiec said hypothermia was the only cause of death in the case and Bethune had nothing to do with it. chicagotribune.com, "Trial underway for man accused in 2014 death of SIU student from Morton Grove," 7 June 2018 The National Weather Service felt compelled to remind the public exactly what hypothermia looks like. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "‘Climate shock’: The fallout from the bomb cyclone in Washington," 5 Jan. 2018 Lastly, hypothermia could trigger cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, which could then trigger cardiac arrest. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About Ice Swimming, the Extreme Sport Where Athletes Compete in Sub-Freezing Water," 23 Aug. 2018 Amazingly, Tyler was released from Saratoga Hospital this morning after receiving treatment for hypothermia. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A 13-Year-Old Boy Was Tragically Killed While Playing in Snow Bank," 14 Dec. 2016 Danielson was barely conscious and suffering from severe hypothermia. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "How a life jacket and a whistle saved a kayaker’s life on the Chesapeake Bay," 24 May 2018 The turtles, including four Kemp-Ridley’s and 10 large loggerheads, were treated for severe hypothermia and other ailments over the last four months at the aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy, the organization said in a press release. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hypothermia

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hypothermia

New Latin

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The first known use of hypothermia was circa 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of hypothermia

medical : a condition in which the temperature of your body is very low


hy·​po·​ther·​mia | \ -ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hypothermia (audio) \

Medical Definition of hypothermia

: subnormal temperature of the body hypothermia, defined as temperature under 36.6°CEmergency Medicine

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

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