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[hahy-puh-thur-mee-uh] /ˌhaɪ pəˈθɜr mi ə/
Pathology. subnormal body temperature.
Medicine/Medical. the artificial reduction of body temperature to slow metabolic processes, as for facilitating heart surgery.
Origin of hypothermia
1885-90; hypo- + therm- + -ia
Related forms
hypothermic, adjective Unabridged
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  • After whispering quietly, the workers decided that she was disoriented and susceptible to frostbite or hypothermia.
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  • Many of the birds coming into the center suffer from hypothermia.
  • hypothermia is going to get you nine chances out of ten.
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  • He said the water temperature made hypothermia a serious threat.
  • Suspended animation is a type of hypothermia already employed during some specialised types of surgery.
  • He wanted to find a way for divers to avoid hypothermia and still be able to move freely in the water.
  • Future models will treat hypothermia patients and stroke victims.
  • Oil spills cause the fur and feathers of affected wildlife to become wet and matted, causing hypothermia.
British Dictionary definitions for hypothermia


(pathol) an abnormally low body temperature, as induced in the elderly by exposure to cold weather
(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 hypothermia

1877, Modern Latin, from hypo- "under" (see hypo-) + Greek therme "heat" (see thermal).

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hypothermia in Medicine

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

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