I know it's a word, but I'm having trouble finding it in any sense. I've only going words like

heat stroke, overheat

But never the technical opposite of hypothermia. Why is that, or is that an uncommon, but in use word?

  • google.com/… Jul 13 '17 at 11:19
  • One good reason for avoiding hyperthermia in spoken contexts is that it's not easy to articulate or discern the difference between that and the somewhat more common hypothermia. And since non-technical people are more likely to know the latter, that's what they'll tend to hear. For problems relating to high body temperature, they're more likely to use terms such as fever, sunstroke, heatstroke. Jul 13 '17 at 13:27
  • Those terms describe symptoms of "hyperthermia", but the word itself only means the body temperature is too high. You do hear usage of "hypothermia" but more often common symptom words like shivering, frostbite or gangrene.
    – user3169
    Jul 13 '17 at 21:00

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