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Cold; chilly.

[Latin algidus, from algēre, to be cold.]

al·gid′i·ty (-jĭd′ĭ-tē) n.
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coldness. — algid, adj.
See also: Cold
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Noun1.algidity - prostration characterized by cold and clammy skin and low blood pressure
collapse, prostration - an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion; "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"
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