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prickly heat

noun, Pathology.
a cutaneous eruption accompanied by a prickling and itching sensation, due to an inflammation of the sweat glands.
Also called heat rash.
Origin of prickly heat
An Americanism dating back to 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sleep is out of the question, "prickly heat" is careful of that.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • This is excellent for any irritation of the skin, and also for prickly heat.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • It's a frameup, that's what it is, a frameup on me and my prickly heat!

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • I look upon it as one of the unaccountable fatalities of man, to be placed in the category of grievances with prickly heat.

  • With solicitude he glanced down at the small, moist, pink, lumpy bundle of prickly heat and sore gums.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • You won't need the wool underwear unless you get prickly heat.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • It would, he felt, be so refreshing—so delicious after the hot night and the sensations of prickly heat.

    Rob Harlow's Adventures George Manville Fenn
  • Their hair curled in little wet rings all over their heads, and their chubby arms and necks were red with prickly heat.

    The Little Colonel's House Party

    Annie Fellows Johnston
  • He was now in that unpleasant state of prickly heat when testy old gentlemen could commit slaughter with ecstasy.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • Children who are covered with prickly heat in warm weather will be thus effectually relieved from that tormenting eruption.

British Dictionary definitions for prickly heat

prickly heat

a nontechnical name for miliaria
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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prickly heat in Medicine

prickly heat prick·ly heat (prĭk'lē)
See heat rash.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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