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sunstroke

[suhn-strohk] /ˈsʌnˌstroʊk/
noun, Pathology
1.
a sudden and sometimes fatal affection due to exposure to the sun's rays or to excessive heat, marked by prostration with or without fever, convulsion, and coma.
Origin of sunstroke
1850-1855
1850-55; sun + stroke1
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  • At first I thought it was sunstroke, but it couldn't have been, though the weather certainly is rather warm.

    The Grand Babylon Hotel Arnold Bennett
  • The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Only my thick hair, I am convinced, saved me from sunstroke.

  • The surgeon, running up from the pavilion, pronounced it as a case of sunstroke.

  • Here he lived in quiet and happiness, but only a short time, for he died of sunstroke at the age of forty-four.

  • The jeweler staggered like a man who had just had a sunstroke.

    The Queen's Necklace Alexandre Dumas pre
  • The men of the north, Gauls and Sicambri, began to die of sunstroke.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • During the engagement the Americans lost one man from sunstroke.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • The hospitals were already full of soldiers suffering as much from sunstroke as from wounds received in battle.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for sunstroke

sunstroke

/ˈsʌnˌstrəʊk/
noun
1.
heatstroke caused by prolonged exposure to intensely hot sunlight
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Word Origin and History for sunstroke
n.

1851, from sun (n.) + stroke (n.); translating French coup de soleil.

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sunstroke in Medicine

sunstroke or sun stroke
n.
Heatstroke that results from undue exposure to the sun's rays and is marked by prostration and collapse, but not by fever.

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