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Friday word: Hypothermia

...Starting on the medical themed words again.

Hypothermia (n) : subnormal temperature of the body, defined as temperature under 36.6°C

Etymology:

New Latin; hypo-, low, and therm-, heat.

First Known Use: circa 1886

Hypothermia can be accidental, from exposure to cold, or therapeutic. Therapeutic hypothermia has been shown to produce better neurologic outcomes post-cardiac arrest, for example. Since hypothermia slows metabolism, neurons are better preserved. It is also used in certain cases after head traumas or hemorrhages.

Bonus words: normothermia is normal body temperature, and hyperthermia is a fever.
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