Hyperthermia
: Overheating of the body. This may be due to extreme weather conditions. Unrelieved hyperthermia can lead to collapse and death, particularly in the elderly. Prevention via air conditioning, ventilation, and drinking extra water is the key for vulnerable persons. In emergency cases, injections of saline solution and rapid cooling of the body may be needed. Also known as heatstroke
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Therapeutically induced hyperpyrexia. [hyper- + G. therme, heat]
- malignant h. rapid onset of extremely high fever with muscle rigidity, precipitated by exogenous agents in genetically susceptible persons, especially by halothane or succinylcholine. Cf.:futile cycle. SYN: fulminant hyperpyrexia.

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hy·per·ther·mia .hī-pər-'thər-mē-ə n exceptionally high fever esp. when induced artificially for therapeutic purposes
hy·per·ther·mic -mik adj

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n.
1. exceptionally high body temperature (about 41°C or above). See fever.
2. treatment of disease by inducing fever. Compare hypothermia.

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hy·per·ther·mia (hi″pər-thurґme-ə) [hyper- + therm- + -ia] 1. elevation of core body temperature to above 37.2°C (99°F). 2. the raising of body temperature to between 42°C (107.6°F) and 45° C (113.0°F) for therapeutic purposes. Cf. thermotherapy. hyperthermal, hyperthermic adj

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • hyperthermia — 1878, medical Latin, from HYPER (Cf. hyper ) + Gk. therme heat (see THERMAL (Cf. thermal)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hyperthermia — [hī΄pər thʉr′mē ə] n. hyperpyrexia, esp. if induced to combat an illness: also hyperthermy …   English World dictionary

  • hyperthermia — noun Etymology: New Latin, from hyper + therm + ia Date: 1887 exceptionally high fever especially when induced artificially for therapeutic purposes • hyperthermic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hyperthermia — /huy peuhr therr mee euh/, n. 1. Pathol. abnormally high fever. 2. Med. treatment of disease by the induction of fever, as by the injection of foreign protein or the application of heat. Also, hyperthermy /huy peuhr therr mee/. [1885 90; < NL;… …   Universalium

  • hyperthermia — noun The condition of having an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat regulating mechanisms of the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment. Syn: heatstroke Ant: hypothermia …   Wiktionary

  • hyperthermia — n. abnormally high body temperature …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hyperthermia — [ˌhʌɪpə θə:mɪə] noun Medicine the condition of having a body temperature greatly above normal. Derivatives hyperthermic adjective Origin C19: from hyper + Gk thermē heat …   English new terms dictionary

  • hyperthermia — hy·per·ther·mia …   English syllables

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