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hypothermia

[hahy-puh-thur-mee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pəˈθɜr mi ə/
noun
1.
Pathology. subnormal body temperature.
2.
Medicine/Medical. the artificial reduction of body temperature to slow metabolic processes, as for facilitating heart surgery.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; hypo- + therm- + -ia
Related forms
hypothermic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypo-thermic

hypothermia

/ˌhaɪpəʊˈθɜːmɪə/
noun
1.
(pathol) an abnormally low body temperature, as induced in the elderly by exposure to cold weather
2.
(med) the intentional reduction of normal body temperature, as by ice packs, to reduce the patient's metabolic rate: performed esp in heart and brain surgery
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Word Origin and History for hypo-thermic
hypothermia
1886, Mod.L., from hypo- "under" (see hypo-) + Gk. therme "heat."
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hypo-thermic in Medicine

hypothermia hy·po·ther·mi·a (hī'pə-thûr'mē-ə)
n.
Abnormally low body temperature.


hy'po·ther'mic (-mĭk) adj.
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hypo-thermic in Science
hypothermia
  (hī'pə-thûr'mē-ə)   
An abnormally low body temperature, often caused by prolonged exposure to cold. Compare hyperthermia.
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