(Greek: above, over; excessive; more than normal; abnormal excess [in medicine]; abnormally great or powerful sensation [in physical or pathological terms]; highest [in chemical compounds])
2. Unusually high blood pressure; especially, in the arteries, or a diseased condition of which this is the chief symptom: Some people who are overweight are in a greater risk of certain illnesses, among them are diabetes and hypertension, which in itself can cause further disabilities and illnesses.
2. Abnormally high blood pressure, or a disease of which this is the chief sign.
2. Characterized by excess heat; of very high temperature.
3. The condition of having a body temperature substantially above the normal either as a result of natural causes or artificially induced (e.g. for therapeutic purposes).
The doctors were very worried about Josie's well-being because her temperatures kept fluctuating between hyperthermia and hypothermia without a medical explanation.
"Some hyperthermies are artificially induced by the introduction of an injection of foreign proteins or by physical means as a treatment for certain diseases."
The unusual characteristic of hyperthymesia is that the person has an extraordinary capacity to recall specific events from his/her personal past.
Remembering every day of one's life in extraordinary detail
- Mention any date since 1980 and a 42-year-old woman in California remembers every day of her life since her teens.
- She can relate where she was, what she was doing, and what made the news on any of the days.
- Having a normal healthy memory isn't just about retaining the significant things.
- Far more important is being able to forget the insignificant occurrences.
- Initial tests indicated that the woman was able to correctly identify the dates of every Easter for 24 years, plus where she was and what she was doing on those dates.
- Generally, a memory is formed in three stages: first it is encoded, then stored, and later retrieved.
- It is possible that hyperthymestics carry out these three tasks with much greater efficiency than people in general.
- The extraordinary memory of hyperthymestics could also be explained by a failure of the strategies their brains use to forget the things they don't need to remember.
- Efficient forgetting is a crucial part of having a fully functioning memory.
2. Emotional hypersensitivity.
3. A condition marked by unstable emotions.