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

Definition of hypothermia 

: subnormal temperature of the body

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Other Words from hypothermia

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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Many of us know how to tell when someone is having a heart attack or suffering from hypothermia. Josh Mankiewicz, NBC News, "A Reporter’s Notebook: I’ve never before said the words, ‘My friend was murdered.’," 28 June 2018 Others pulled Clinton Troyer from the water screaming and suffering from hypothermia, Frazier said. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Boys who died rafting Oregon river lived for adventures with Dad," 5 June 2018 By Tuesday, a total of seven of the skiers were dead, most from hypothermia. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Deadliest Days on the Alps in Decades," 2 May 2018 They will first be checked for hypothermia and breathing, then transported to hospital where an entire floor has been reserved for their care. NBC News, "First boys emerge from Thailand cave as rescue mission enters final act," 8 July 2018 Two youths were hospitalized for hypothermia and other injuries, and 13 were rescued unharmed, officials said. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Flash flood kills at least 9 Israeli teenagers on bonding hike," 26 Apr. 2018 Two youths were hospitalized for hypothermia and other injuries, and 13 were rescued unharmed, officials said. New York Times, "Flash Flood Kills at Least 9 Israeli Teenagers on ‘Bonding’ Hike," 26 Apr. 2018 Hosts of runners dropped out due to hypothermia and other issues, and the times were very slow (in comparison, Kirui won the race in 2:09:37 last year). Lori Riley, courant.com, "Desiree Linden Becomes First American Woman To Win Boston Marathon Since 1985," 16 Apr. 2018 This year's race was so extremely cold that at one point, it was put on hold as racers dropped out due to hypothermia and frostbite. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Frostbitten racer plans to send his amputated toes to Yukon bar for its signature cocktail," 7 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 \

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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