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heatstroke

[heet-strohk]
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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for heatstroke

Historical Examples

  • When a person falls with sunstroke (or heatstroke) he should at once be carried to a cool, shady place.

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  • In hot weather, dizziness is a first warning sign of heat exhaustion, which can lead to heatstroke.


British Dictionary definitions for heatstroke

heatstroke

noun
  1. 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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