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 hypothermia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hypothermia in a Sentence

She fell into the cold water and nearly died from hypothermia.
Recent Examples on the Web Locally, city officials and other agencies urged residents to stay indoors, as hypothermia could set in without proper protection. San Antonio Express-News, "Live Updates: Closures, blackouts and more after winter weather slams S.A.," 15 Feb. 2021 Between 2011 and 2016, hypothermia caused or contributed to five deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness, according to Multnomah County. oregonlive, "Nearly 300 additional Portland shelter beds open as winter storm looms," 11 Feb. 2021 Montana, battling the flu and hypothermia in frigid conditions, spent part of the game wrapped in blankets while downing chicken soup in the locker room. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joe Montana, without the 49ers, getting airtime during Super Bowl LV," 4 Feb. 2021 In Allentown, a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease died of hypothermia after wandering away from her home, NBC Philadelphia reported. NBC News, "Deadly storm continues to dump snow on Northeast," 2 Feb. 2021 Authorities said a 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who reportedly wandered away from her home was found dead of hypothermia on an Allentown street Monday morning. CBS News, "Major winter storm dumps snow across the Northeast," 2 Feb. 2021 Many of the troops died from hypothermia, or from falling into the icy river below. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 After 10 hours in below-freezing temperatures, Kresen suffered from hypothermia and frostbite. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "New York man freed from car after a snow plow buried him under 4 feet of snow," 18 Dec. 2020 Kresen was suffering from hypothermia and frostbite when officials rescued him. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "New York man trapped in car for 10 hours after snowplow leaves him buried," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Hypothermia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothermia. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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

Other Words from hypothermia

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

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