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prostration

[pro-strey-shuh n] /prɒˈstreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of prostrating.
2.
the state of being prostrated.
3.
extreme mental or emotional depression or dejection:
nervous prostration.
4.
extreme physical weakness or exhaustion:
heat prostration.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin prōstrātiōn- (stem of prōstrātiō) a lying prone. See prostrate, -ion
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  • Symptoms include high fever, prostration, and weight loss.
  • One guardsman was treated and released at the hospital and another was admitted with heat prostration.
  • Alert staff to the signs, symptoms and consequences of heat prostration, heat stroke and heat cramps.
  • As well, heat within the pipe run may cause the worker to suffer heat prostration.
Word Origin and History for prostration
n.

c.1400, "action of prostrating oneself," from Old French prostracion (14c.) or directly from Late Latin prostrationem (nominative prostratio), noun of action from past participle stem of prosternere (see prostrate (v.)); or else a native formation from prostrate (v.). Meaning "weakness, exhaustion, dejection" is from 1650s.

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prostration in Medicine

prostration pros·tra·tion (prŏ-strā'shən)
n.
Total exhaustion or weakness; collapse.

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