Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Abnormally low body temperature.

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  • n. abnormally low body temperature; specifically, below 35°C

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A condition of reduced temperature, especially of animal heat.

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  • n. subnormal body temperature

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

hypo- + Greek thermē, heat; see gwher- in Indo-European roots + -ia1.

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From hypo- +‎Ancient Greek θέρμη (thermē, "heat").

Examples

  • I broke it 5 min later. gingerchrismc Which reminds me of a great poem: roses are red, hypothermia is blue, my legs are so cold, let me wrap them around you directorscup Full 'Hypothermia' Cast, Start of Principal Photography donwood @theworkroomNYC It is poor Ben Forsester that got the short straw. #hypothermia dillonkuehner @dayshabass Will be there unless I get hypothermia on the way/in line!

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  • Otherwise the only way to prevent hypothermia is to stay in the tent.

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  • I don't know that we will ever know the answer for sure to this, but a lot are pointing to this treatment known as hypothermia, which is cooling down the spinal cord and cooling down of the bloodstream.

    CNN Transcript Dec 21, 2007

  • Lars would have died in hypothermia if he’d tried to ski in such a garment.

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  • "The problem with hypothermia is it’s not that easy to cool down the human body so if we can find another method to inhibit metabolism that would be very useful."

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  • Rescue squads increasingly are chilling victims of cardiac arrest with ice packs and other cooling approaches, a technique known as hypothermia, in order to protect the brain from injury when blood flow is restored.

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  • And the individuals that lost their lives, most of them did not die from drowning, they died of hypothermia, which is where their body basically shuts down because it gets too cold, said Dale.

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  • Of course, I shouldn't downplay these temps - as they will be dangerous for the homeless remember call the hypothermia hotline if you see anyone needing help.

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  • Check on the elderly if you can, and call the hypothermia hotline if you see anyone needing help.

    Forecast: Some of winter's coldest air yet

  • The procedure, called hypothermia therapy, involves lowering a patient's body temperature with cold intravenous liquids in an effort to reduce the brain's demand for oxygen.

    EMS Adds Cardiac Chill

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  • "'You know, if you fall through the ice, you should always submerge your arms,' he went on. 'People lift their arms out, like this.' He made frantic scrabbling motions. 'What you should do is put your arms in the water, then put them on the ice--and the water will freeze so they'll stick. Then you can try to lift yourself out.'

    "'But the temperature has to be right,' said Stefan. 'It's no good if it's too warm, because the water won't freeze.'

    ...

    "Giesbrecht expands: 'There have actually been a number of cases when people have become so cold they've become unconscious but they were frozen to the ice and they were rescued, and they survived because either their arms, or their beard for instance, was frozen to the ice.'"

    --Polly Evans, Mad Dogs and an Englishwoman: Travels with Sled Dogs in Canada's Frozen North (NY: Bantam Dell, 2008), 44, 46

    January 25, 2017