- a sudden and sometimes fatal affection due to exposure to the sun's rays or to excessive heat, marked by prostration with or without fever, convulsion, and coma.
Origin of sunstroke
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Examples from the Web for sunstroke
I got drunk, sunstroke, and dysentery,” laughs Robert, “but I also got the girl.The Second Life of San Miguel de Allende
February 26, 2014
The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Dr. Peterson says that the sunstroke was only the determining cause.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
You'll catch a sunstroke down there and die on my doorstep perhaps.An Outcast of the Islands
Many died on the march, less from sunstroke and exhaustion than from despair.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
Here men died of sunstroke and of fever; and some died for want of water.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
- heatstroke caused by prolonged exposure to intensely hot sunlight
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Word Origin and History for sunstroke
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Heatstroke that results from undue exposure to the sun's rays and is marked by prostration and collapse, but not by fever.
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