hot flash

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noun

a sudden, temporary sensation of heat experienced by some women during menopause.

Nearby words

  1. hot comb,
  2. hot corner,
  3. hot cross bun,
  4. hot dog,
  5. hot fence,
  6. hot flush,
  7. hot jupiter,
  8. hot key,
  9. hot lick,
  10. hot light

Origin of hot flash

First recorded in 1905–10

Also called hot flush.

flush

1
[ fluhsh ]
/ flʌʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of flush

1
1540–50; perhaps extended senses of flush3; compare similar phonesthemic elements and meanings of blush, gush, flash

SYNONYMS FOR flush
Related formsflush·a·ble, adjectiveflush·er, nounflush·ing·ly, adverbflush·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hot flush

hot flush

US hot flash

noun

a sudden unpleasant hot feeling in the skin, caused by endocrine imbalance, esp experienced by women at menopause

flush

1
/ (flʌʃ) /

verb

noun

adjective

having a ruddy or heightened colour
Derived Formsflusher, noun

Word Origin for flush

C16 (in the sense: to gush forth): perhaps from flush ³

Derived Formsflushness, noun

Word Origin for flush

C18: probably from flush 1 (in the sense: spring out)

flush

3
/ (flʌʃ) /

verb

(tr) to rouse (game, wild creatures, etc) and put to flight

Word Origin for flush

C13 flusshen, perhaps of imitative origin

flush

4
/ (flʌʃ) /

noun

(in poker and similar games) a hand containing only one suit

Word Origin for flush

C16: from Old French flus, from Latin fluxus flux

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Word Origin and History for hot flush
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Medicine definitions for hot flush

flush

[ flŭsh ]

v.

To turn red, as from fever, heat, or strong emotion; blush.
To clean, rinse, or empty with a rapid flow of a liquid, especially water.

n.

An act of cleansing or rinsing with a flow of water.
A reddening of the skin, as with fever, emotion, or exertion.
A brief sensation of heat over all or part of the body.

adj.

Having surfaces in the same plane; even.

hot flash

[ hŏt ]

n.

A sudden, brief sensation of heat, often over the entire body, caused by a transient dilation of the blood vessels of the skin and experienced by some menopausal women.hot flush

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