One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low.‘she was suffering from hypothermia’
frostbite, coldView synonyms
- ‘As with heatstroke, hypothermia and frostbite victims should always be given medical help.’
- ‘Whether it was the beginnings of altitude sickness, hypothermia, or simply fatigue I have no idea.’
- ‘It is when body energy is exhausted that hypothermia becomes potentially life-threatening.’
- ‘The winter could bring hypothermia, pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.’
- ‘The couple had succumbed to a combination of infection and hypothermia.’
Late 19th century: from hypo- ‘below’ + Greek thermē ‘heat’.
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