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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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  • Although the brutes have the smallest modicum of brains, they are very liable to attacks of illness from heat-exhaustion.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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