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prickly heat

noun Pathology.
  1. a cutaneous eruption accompanied by a prickling and itching sensation, due to an inflammation of the sweat glands.
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Origin of prickly heat

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40
Also called heat rash.
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Examples from the Web for prickly heat

Historical Examples

  • On Lucknow station platform he watched young De Castro, all covered with prickly-heat, get into a second-class compartment.


    Rudyard Kipling

  • Regard 'em as inevitable, Mr. Mayor, like Indian prickly-heat, or fever here.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for prickly heat

prickly heat

  1. a nontechnical name for miliaria
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prickly heat in Medicine

prickly heat

  1. heat rash
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