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heat exhaustion

a condition characterized by faintness, rapid pulse, nausea, profuse sweating, cool skin, and collapse, caused by prolonged exposure to heat accompanied by loss of adequate fluid and salt from the body.
Also called heat prostration.
Origin of heat exhaustion
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for heat exhaustion
  • Overexposure to the sun can result in severe sunburn, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
  • Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
  • She had heat exhaustion and was on the verge of heat stroke.
  • Sunburn, sunstroke and heat exhaustion can all occur with dehydration and excess exposure to the sun.
  • High temperatures during the summer can also pose hazards leading to heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.
  • heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sunburn are common problems, even in the spring and fall.
  • Park officials treat many visitors for heat exhaustion and heat stroke every year.
  • For preventing sunstroke and heat exhaustion, bring along sunscreen, lip balm and salt tablets.
  • Kids are susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration.
  • The office is equipped with a computer that collapses from heat exhaustion each summer.
British Dictionary definitions for heat exhaustion

heat exhaustion

a condition resulting from exposure to intense heat, characterized by dizziness, abdominal cramp, and prostration Also called heat prostration Compare heatstroke
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heat exhaustion in Medicine

heat exhaustion n.
A condition caused by exposure to heat, marked by prostration, weakness, and collapse, resulting from unrecognized or unavoidable dehydration. Also called heat prostration.

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