heatstroke

[ heet-strohk ]
/ ˈhitˌstroʊk /

noun

a disturbance of the temperature-regulating mechanisms of the body caused by overexposure to excessive heat, resulting in fever, hot and dry skin, and rapid pulse, sometimes progressing to delirium and coma.

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Origin of heatstroke

First recorded in 1870–75; heat + stroke1
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British Dictionary definitions for heatstroke

heatstroke
/ (ˈhiːtˌstrəʊk) /

noun

a condition resulting from prolonged exposure to intense heat, characterized by high fever and in severe cases convulsions and comaSee sunstroke
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Medical definitions for heatstroke

heat stroke

n.

A severe condition caused by impairment of the body's temperature-regulating abilities, resulting from prolonged exposure to excessive heat and characterized by cessation of sweating, severe headache, high fever, hot dry skin, and, in serious cases, collapse and coma.
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