hy·po·ther·mia | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈthər-mē-ə \

Definition of hypothermia 

: subnormal temperature of the body

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hypothermic \ˌhī-pō-ˈthər-mik \ adjective

Examples of hypothermia in a Sentence

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

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There were no hypothermia blankets, so beachgoers brought towels to keep the girl warm, Quezada said. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 Unlike previous editions of the event, which have featured uncomfortably high temperatures as well as hypothermia-inducing weather, Saturday's Traverse was pleasant with temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees. Anchorage Daily News, "Marvin crushes women’s record, places 2nd overall at Kesugi Ridge Run," 26 June 2018 Fifteen people aboard the Aquarius are injured with serious chemical burns, some are critically ill from water in their lungs after nearly drowning and others have hypothermia, according to aid groups and doctors aboard the ship. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Italy's new government shuts ports to migrants stranded at sea," 11 June 2018 Keep on your calendar for next year the annual Kodiak Crab Festival, a Memorial Day weekend extravaganza that features everything from a fish toss to a survival suit race (an immersion suit to protect against hypothermia) through frigid waters. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 At 10,000 feet, the air thins out and the temperature can dip by 20 or 30 degrees, so bundle up to avoid hypothermia. Michele Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three unforgettable bike rides around Maui," 7 Feb. 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 The couple wandered for three days in a stretch of South Texas so remote that dozens of migrants die there each year of dehydration, heatstroke or hypothermia. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "As border crossings surge, a Mexican couple tests Trump’s policies," 21 June 2018 The National Weather Service warns Hoosiers of the possibility of frostbite and hypothermia. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "NWS: Hazardously low wind chills bite into Indianapolis weather," 16 Jan. 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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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 \

Medical Definition of hypothermia 

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

Other words from hypothermia

hypothermic \-mik \ adjective

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