a cutaneous eruption accompanied by a prickling and itching sensation, due to an inflammation of the sweat glands.
- Also called heat rash.
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How to use prickly heat in a sentence
With a prickly heat suffusing my whole body and a melting sensation at the collar I struggled through the wretched lyric once.
prickly heat produces more or less discomfort but usually little or no itching.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
With solicitude he glanced down at the small, moist, pink, lumpy bundle of prickly heat and sore gums.The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
On Lucknow station platform he watched young De Castro, all covered with prickly-heat, get into a second-class compartment.Kim | Rudyard Kipling
He was now in that unpleasant state of prickly heat when testy old gentlemen could commit slaughter with ecstasy.Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for prickly heat
a nontechnical name for miliaria
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