Hypothermia

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noun - Hypothermia is an abnormally low body temperature, often caused by prolonged exposure to cold water during open water swimming competitions or swims, especially when combined with chilly winds, pronounced fatigue for open water swimmers with a low body fat percentage.

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Hypothermia is medically defined when the core body temperature drops below 35ºC (95ºF). Mild hypothermia may be identified by increased shivering or vasoconstriction. Severe hypothermia includes altered cognition, unusual behavior, weakness, apathy, reduced cardiac output, and even coma.

The swimmer was pulled from the water when it become obvious that she was suffering from hypothermia.

Origin

1885–90; HYPO- + THERM- + -IA where hypo- + Greek thermē, heat; see gwher- in Indo-European roots + -ia.

Antonym

hyperthermia

Hypothermia after Ederle Swim

Michael Miller of Honolulu, Hawaii is shown experiencing afterdrop and hypothermia after the 2010 Ederle Swim in New York:

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