Which Will Kill You First?

Which Will Kill You First?

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The body can get a whole lot colder – but not a whole lot hotter – before we die. Why is that?

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Hyperthermia: a medical condition where an individual’s body temperature is elevated beyond normal
Hypothermia: a medical doncition that occurs when an individual’s body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature
Thermoregulation is the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different
Denaturation: the alteration of a protein shape through some form of external stress (for example, heat), so that it can no longer carry out its cellular function

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