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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hypothermic \ ˌhī-​pō-​ˈthər-​mik How to pronounce hypothermic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hypothermia in a Sentence

She fell into the cold water and nearly died from hypothermia.

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The nine were suffering light hypothermia and were handed over to border police in Calais. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants’ rights," 19 May 2019 Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and no pet should be left outside in below-freezing weather. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Bay Village mayor offers cold weather safety information," 9 Jan. 2018 Along with frostbite, hypothermia and even death are plausible concerns. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana endures hazardously cold temperatures," 2 Jan. 2018 The medical examiner determined the cause of death was hypothermia due to environmental exposure. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Do you know who she is? Sketch released of woman who died in Kirkland.," 20 Feb. 2019 The Gard administration also said four German children were hospitalized Thursday for hypothermia in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, a town on the Ceze River. Fox News, "French rescuers evacuate 750 campers amid flash floods," 9 Aug. 2018 Authorities have said the cave is warm enough inside that hypothermia should not be an issue. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Why cave search for Thai boys is so complicated," 28 June 2018 With wind chills bottoming out around -10 or worse, and only rising to near zero during the day, hypothermia and frostbite are serious concerns until perhaps Sunday. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Potentially dangerous wind chills — well below zero at times — through at least Saturday night," 5 Jan. 2018 At least 35 children and newborns have died since early December, most from hypothermia, either en route or shortly after arriving at the camp, according to the United Nations. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Battle to Oust Islamic State Takes Toll on Syrian Civilians," 13 Feb. 2019

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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 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 hypothermic (audio) \ adjective

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