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sunstroke

[suhn-strohk]
noun Pathology.
  1. a sudden and sometimes fatal affection due to exposure to the sun's rays or to excessive heat, marked by prostration with or without fever, convulsion, and coma.
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Origin of sunstroke

First recorded in 1850–55; sun + stroke1
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  • The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Dr. Peterson says that the sunstroke was only the determining cause.

  • You'll catch a sunstroke down there and die on my doorstep perhaps.

  • Many died on the march, less from sunstroke and exhaustion than from despair.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • Here men died of sunstroke and of fever; and some died for want of water.


British Dictionary definitions for sunstroke

sunstroke

noun
  1. heatstroke caused by prolonged exposure to intensely hot sunlight
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Word Origin and History for sunstroke

n.

1851, from sun (n.) + stroke (n.); translating French coup de soleil.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sunstroke in Medicine

sunstroke

n.
  1. Heatstroke that results from undue exposure to the sun's rays and is marked by prostration and collapse, but not by fever.
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