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Answered 2016-03-10 12:09:56

Hypothermia means below-normal body temperature. Hypomeans "under" or "below" and therm means temperature.

Hypothermia is when your core body temperature drops. You are normally about 98.6° F (37° C) unless you have a fever (which is the opposite, or hyperthermia.) If your internal temperature gets too low, it can be very dangerous. This is most likely to happen when you are wet because water is very good at removing body heat.

It is very important to get a hypothermic person warm, dry and somewhere that they can rest. Fire, warm drinks and most especially the body heat of others can be a life saver. Read up on it more if you plan to go hiking, swimming, or boating where temperatures are low, or if cross-country snow skiing. Or if you are going anywhere away from warm environments for an extended period of time.

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