hypothermia

noun

hy·​po·​ther·​mia ˌhī-pō-ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hypothermia (audio)
: subnormal temperature of the body
hypothermic adjective

Examples of hypothermia in a Sentence

She fell into the cold water and nearly died from hypothermia.
Recent Examples on the Web The coroner's office says Dhawan's autopsy confirmed his death was due to hypothermia and acute alcohol intoxication. Juhi Doshi, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2024 The following February, an autopsy showed that Kristin’s brother had died from hypothermia after being exposed to cold temperatures, which the sheriff had previously speculated. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 Be aware of the symptoms for frostbite and hypothermia. Tamia Fowlkes, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Mosley escaped the pond with hypothermia, and rescuers immediately transported him to South Georgia Medical Center, according to the fire department. Makiya Seminera, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Last winter, the jails came under fire for failing to provide enough warm clothing when two inmates died after showing signs of hypothermia. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Because of the near-record cold temperature, emergency services provided aid to 69 people during the game, while three people were hospitalized for frostbite and seven more for hypothermia symptoms. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2024 Read Next National Detainee held in jail ‘freezer’ died of hypothermia, suit says. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 The Canadian man experienced mild hypothermia and was transported to a local hospital, per the reports. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypothermia was circa 1886

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“Hypothermia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothermia. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hypothermia

noun
hy·​po·​ther·​mia ˌhī-pō-ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hypothermia (audio)
: reduction of the body temperature to an abnormally low level

Medical Definition

hypothermia

noun
hy·​po·​ther·​mia -ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hypothermia (audio)
: subnormal temperature of the body
hypothermia, defined as temperature under 36.6°CEmergency Medicine
hypothermic adjective

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