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[heet-strohk] /ˈhitˌstroʊk/
a disturbance of the temperature-regulating mechanisms of the body caused by overexposure to excessive heat, resulting in fever, hot and dry skin, and rapid pulse, sometimes progressing to delirium and coma.
Origin of heatstroke
1870-75; heat + stroke1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heat stroke
  • There was no drinking water, and people collapsed from heat stroke.
  • Overheating can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke.
  • She had heat exhaustion and was on the verge of heat stroke.
  • Conversely, heat stroke or dehydration may occur strenuous hiking.
  • Know symptoms, steps to avoid heat stroke, dehydration.
  • Visitors should carry bottled water and guard against dehydration and heat stroke.
  • Wear comfortable and loose clothing so that there is a lower risk of heat stroke, hypertension and high blood pressure.
  • 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.
  • The officer arrived, observed heat stroke symptoms, broke a window and shoved the dog into air conditioning.
British Dictionary definitions for heat stroke


a condition resulting from prolonged exposure to intense heat, characterized by high fever and in severe cases convulsions and coma See sunstroke
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heat stroke in Medicine

heat stroke n.
A severe condition caused by impairment of the body's temperature-regulating abilities, resulting from prolonged exposure to excessive heat and characterized by cessation of sweating, severe headache, high fever, hot dry skin, and, in serious cases, collapse and coma.

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