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prickly heat

noun, Pathology
a cutaneous eruption accompanied by a prickling and itching sensation, due to an inflammation of the sweat glands.
Also called heat rash.
Origin of prickly heat
1730-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On Lucknow station platform he watched young De Castro, all covered with prickly-heat, get into a second-class compartment.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • Regard 'em as inevitable, Mr. Mayor, like Indian prickly-heat, or fever here.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for prickly-heat

prickly heat

a nontechnical name for miliaria
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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prickly-heat in Medicine

prickly heat prick·ly heat (prĭk'lē)
See heat rash.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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