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[suhn-strohk] /ˈsʌnˌstroʊk/
noun, Pathology
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
1850-55; sun + stroke1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sunstroke
  • Here they come, stumbling up the steps, dizzy from rum and sunstroke.
  • It is a chimera, a trick of white sky, heat and sunstroke.
  • Sunburn, sunstroke and heat exhaustion can all occur with dehydration and excess exposure to the sun.
  • sunstroke and sunburn are common without the proper precautions.
  • For preventing sunstroke and heat exhaustion, bring along sunscreen, lip balm and salt tablets.
  • The sea is located in an area where the high summer temperatures require protection against sunburn and sunstroke.
  • Roasted green fruits are dissolved in sugar water and taken internally to prevent sunstroke.
  • Numerous casualties are caused by sunstroke on either side.
British Dictionary definitions for sunstroke


heatstroke caused by prolonged exposure to intensely hot sunlight
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Word Origin and History for sunstroke

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sunstroke in Medicine

sunstroke or sun stroke
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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