de·​hy·​dra·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌhī-ˈdrā-shən How to pronounce dehydration (audio) \

Definition of dehydration

: the process of dehydrating especially : an abnormal depletion of body fluids

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Add in the fact that most people drink less in cold conditions anyway, and suddenly dehydration starts to become a real possibility. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Camping: How To Get Outdoors When It's Freezing Cold," 14 Feb. 2019 Severe diarrhea can lead to dehydration, and in a few rare cases the infection can spread from the intestines to other parts of the body. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Salmonella Outbreak in 26 States Tied to Raw Turkey Meat," 20 July 2018 For most people who are generally healthy, the biggest risks are dehydration and dizziness. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 With severe intoxication, there can be profound dehydration due to loss of fluids, shock, respiratory failure, and cardiovascular collapse. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Why did 32,000 pounds of food get recalled? There might be diarrhea-causing toxins | Miami Herald," 29 Apr. 2018 But there are a few other signs of dehydration that aren’t as obvious. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 This is actually a side effect of water and electrolyte loss, and is likely indicative of dehydration. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "9 Keto Diet Dangers Nutritionists Want You to Know About," 2 Jan. 2019 Weeks earlier, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, died of dehydration after being detained in New Mexico with her father. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump is using the deaths of two migrant children to push for his border wall," 29 Dec. 2018 At the time, the agency said that the child suffered from septic shock and dehydration. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Guatemalan Boy Dies in Custody of U.S. Border Patrol," 26 Dec. 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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de·​hy·​dra·​tion | \ ˌdē-hī-ˈdrā-shən How to pronounce dehydration (audio) \

Medical Definition of dehydration

: the process of dehydrating especially : an abnormal depletion of body fluids

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