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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 heatstroke
  • First, it's exceedingly hot and humid, and people who enter without special cooling suits risk dying of heatstroke.
  • Not enough cooling power could mean heatstroke or dehydration.
  • Especially after the first racer nearly suffers heatstroke and has to be dragged out of his bike and doused with cold water.
  • The event was chalked up to heatstroke, and he returned to duty.
  • And that is in addition to the the heatstroke, etc.
  • One of the officers, severely beaten, managed to get away but died of concussion and heatstroke.
  • The next morning he died of complications from heatstroke.
  • Overexposure to the sun can result in severe sunburn, heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
  • It is important to remember that heatstroke has been around forever, and it needs immediate first aid treatment: cooling the body.
  • If you don't sweat, you run the risk of overheating your body and suffering heatstroke, she says.
British Dictionary definitions for heatstroke


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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