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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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 Eleven people were hospitalized, including a 10-year-old boy treated for hypothermia. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Prosecutors investigate hiker deaths in Italy gorge flood," 21 Aug. 2018 He was transported to the Emmonak clinic and treated for hypothermia. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Recovery efforts underway for man believed to have drowned in Yukon River," 15 June 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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