prickly heat

noun Pathology.

a cutaneous eruption accompanied by a prickling and itching sensation, due to an inflammation of the sweat glands.

Origin of prickly heat

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40
Also called heat rash. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prickly heat

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

    Kim|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


a nontechnical name for miliaria
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Medicine definitions for prickly heat

prickly heat

[ prĭklē ]


heat rash
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