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Definitions for hypothermia
ˌhaɪ pəˈθɜr mi əhy·pother·mi·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hypothermianoun

    subnormal body temperature


  1. hypothermianoun

    abnormally low body temperature; specifically, below 35°C

  2. Etymology: From θέρμη.


  1. Hypothermia

    Hypothermia is defined as a body core temperature below 35.0 °C (95.0 °F) in humans. Symptoms depend on the temperature. In mild hypothermia, there is shivering and mental confusion. In moderate hypothermia, shivering stops and confusion increases. In severe hypothermia, there may be hallucinations and paradoxical undressing, in which a person removes their clothing, as well as an increased risk of the heart stopping.Hypothermia has two main types of causes. It classically occurs from exposure to cold weather and cold water immersion. It may also occur from any condition that decreases heat production or increases heat loss. Commonly, this includes alcohol intoxication but may also include low blood sugar, anorexia and advanced age. Body temperature is usually maintained near a constant level of 36.5–37.5 °C (97.7–99.5 °F) through thermoregulation. Efforts to increase body temperature involve shivering, increased voluntary activity, and putting on warmer clothing. Hypothermia may be diagnosed based on either a person's symptoms in the presence of risk factors or by measuring a person's core temperature.The treatment of mild hypothermia involves warm drinks, warm clothing, and voluntary physical activity. In those with moderate hypothermia, heating blankets and warmed intravenous fluids are recommended. People with moderate or severe hypothermia should be moved gently. In severe hypothermia, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or cardiopulmonary bypass may be useful. In those without a pulse, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is indicated along with the above measures. Rewarming is typically continued until a person's temperature is greater than 32 °C (90 °F). If there is no improvement at this point or the blood potassium level is greater than 12 mmol/liter at any time, resuscitation may be discontinued.Hypothermia is the cause of at least 1,500 deaths a year in the United States. It is more common in older people and males. One of the lowest documented body temperatures from which someone with accidental hypothermia has survived is 12.7 °C (54.9 °F) in a 2-year-old boy from Poland named Adam. Survival after more than six hours of CPR has been described. In individuals for whom ECMO or bypass is used, survival is around 50%. Deaths due to hypothermia have played an important role in many wars.The term is from Greek ῠ̔πο (ypo), meaning "under", and θέρμη (thérmē), meaning "heat". The opposite of hypothermia is hyperthermia, an increased body temperature due to failed thermoregulation.


  1. hypothermia

    Hypothermia is a medical condition that occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce, causing a dangerously low body temperature. This typically happens when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a prolonged period. Symptoms may include shivering, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, and slurred speech. Severe cases of hypothermia can be life-threatening.


  1. Hypothermia

    Hypothermia is a condition in which core temperature drops below the required temperature for normal metabolism and body functions which is defined as 35.0 °C. Body temperature is usually maintained near a constant level of 36.5–37.5 °C through biologic homeostasis or thermoregulation. If exposed to cold and the internal mechanisms are unable to replenish the heat that is being lost, a drop in core temperature occurs. As body temperature decreases, characteristic symptoms occur such as shivering and mental confusion. Hypothermia is the opposite of hyperthermia which is present in heat exhaustion and heat stroke. One of the lowest documented body temperatures from which anyone has recovered was 13.0 °C in a near-drowning incident involving a 7-year-old girl in Sweden in December 2010.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hypothermia

    Lower than normal body temperature, especially in warm-blooded animals; in man usually accidental or unintentional.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypothermia in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hypothermia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of hypothermia in a Sentence

  1. Police Commander Rick Nugent:

    We are told that Luke is well, that he is exhausted, he's suffering hypothermia and he's also dehydrated.

  2. Ed Quinto:

    It was raining the whole time, but we were able to stave off hypothermia, the trail back to the road is only 5 feet wide, so flying him was the fastest way to take the patient to the hospital without causing further injury.

  3. Benjamin Wilks:

    In no shape or form are we providing a medical service, if someone is profoundly dehydrated or having episodes of heat stroke or hypothermia, we say, ‘Listen, this is not the right place for you. You need to go to the EMS tent.’.

  4. Alptekin Talanci:

    Conditions are so bad that even if he could survive (the collapse), because of the cold, the hypothermia… I can’t believe he can make it.

  5. Sandra Tsiligeridu:

    He was shaking and he had hypothermia, thank god my husband is a doctor, he gave him first aid.

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