Understand โ€œHypothermiaโ€ Through Etymology

Whatโ€™s ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฎ? Why does this remind me of #tea, #needles, & #clothes? ๏ธ

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๐Ÿญ. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜?

Weโ€™re talking about ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฎ – a body core temperature below 35.0 ยฐC (95.0 ยฐF) in humans.

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๐Ÿฎ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—˜๐˜๐˜†๐—บ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ

The word ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฎ comes from the Greek parts ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ (meaning โ€œless thanโ€), ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ (meaning โ€œless thanโ€), & -๐—ถ๐—ฎ (โ€œstate; conditionโ€).

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๐Ÿฏ. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜? ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ?

The term ๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฎ is said to have been first recorded in 1885โ€“90. Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton & his team observed that body temperatures “below 94.2ยฐ, … … spells death at home”, though this probably referred to oral temperatures rather than core temperature & corresponded to mild hypothermia.

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๐Ÿฐ. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—œ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ “๐—ต๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฎ” ๐˜„๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—œ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ:

A. ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ โ€“ because “thermos”, another word from “therm”

B. ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ โ€“ because “hypodermic needles”. You’re so predictable :/

C. ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€ โ€“ because “thermal vests”? Seriously, guys!

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