hy·​po·​ther·​mia | \ ˌhī-pō-ˈthər-mē-ə How to pronounce hypothermia (audio) \

Definition of hypothermia

: subnormal temperature of the body

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 At that time, more than 200 people died during the power crisis, with the most common cause of death being hypothermia. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 23 May 2022 The turbulent waters were reportedly 52 degrees – cold enough to cause hypothermia in about an hour, KIRO-TV reported. Fox News, 22 May 2022 The cold temperature and strong wind could cause hypothermia and put the passengers in severe conditions for survival, according to Jun Abe, vice chairman of the Society of Water Rescue and Survival Research. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 The teens get hypothermia and die almost immediately. Maggie Olmsted, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2022 The man was able to walk but had early stages of hypothermia, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. oregonlive, 2 May 2022 Although the air temperature may spike, the water is still cold, increasing the danger of hypothermia to anyone who falls in or capsizes. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 The medical examination of the first five bodies concluded all had all died of hypothermia, although Slobodin had a small crack in his skull that was not deemed to have been fatal. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 Although the woman showed signs of hypothermia, the crew was able to get her to the second engine and warm her up, Kent said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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29 May 2022

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“Hypothermia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothermia. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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