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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • During the engagement the Americans lost one man from sunstroke.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • Only my thick hair, I am convinced, saved me from sunstroke.

  • She had never had a sunstroke; she had never even heard of one.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Here he lived in quiet and happiness, but only a short time, for he died of sunstroke at the age of forty-four.

  • The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • The men of the north, Gauls and Sicambri, began to die of sunstroke.

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

  • 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


heatstroke caused by prolonged exposure to intensely hot sunlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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