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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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Examples from the web for hypothermic
  • Adults may be able to work with it, but cubs are not equipped for prolonged immersion in cold water and can become hypothermic.
  • Infants, people in poor health, and the elderly can easily become hypothermic.
British Dictionary definitions for hypothermic

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 hypothermic

hypothermia

n.

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

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hypothermic 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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hypothermic 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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