a condition characterized by faintness, rapid pulse, nausea, profuse sweating, cool skin, and collapse, caused by prolonged exposure to heat accompanied by loss of adequate fluid and salt from the body.
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Also called heat prostration.
Origin of heat exhaustion
First recorded in 1935–40
Words nearby heat exhaustion
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Example sentences from the Web for heat exhaustion
Although the brutes have the smallest modicum of brains, they are very liable to attacks of illness from heat-exhaustion.Khartoum Campaign, 1898|Bennet Burleigh
British Dictionary definitions for heat exhaustion
a condition resulting from exposure to intense heat, characterized by dizziness, abdominal cramp, and prostrationAlso called: heat prostration Compare heatstroke
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Medical definitions for heat exhaustion
A condition caused by exposure to heat, marked by prostration, weakness, and collapse, resulting from unrecognized or unavoidable dehydration.heat prostration
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