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[suhn-strohk] /ˈsʌnˌstroʊk/
noun, Pathology.
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
First recorded in 1850-55; sun + stroke1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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.

  • 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
  • The surgeon, running up from the pavilion, pronounced it as a case of sunstroke.

  • The jeweler staggered like a man who had just had a sunstroke.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre
  • During the engagement the Americans lost one man from sunstroke.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • She had never had a sunstroke; she had never even heard of one.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for sunstroke


heatstroke caused by prolonged exposure to intensely hot sunlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sunstroke

1851, from sun (n.) + stroke (n.); translating French coup de soleil.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sunstroke in Medicine

sunstroke or sun stroke
Heatstroke that results from undue exposure to the sun's rays and is marked by prostration and collapse, but not by fever.

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