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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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Examples for prostration
  • 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.
prostration in Medicine

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

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