ex·​er·​tion·​al ig-ˈzər-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce exertional (audio)
: precipitated by physical exertion
exertional chest pain

Examples of exertional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association says the incidence of injuries and deaths related to exertional heat illness, exertional rhabdomyolysis, and cardiorespiratory failure has increased significantly in college athletes in recent years. Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2023 These may include cardiac events, severe head, neck or spinal cord injuries, and exertional heat stroke. Scottish Rite For Children, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2023 In the six years since her son’s death that summer, Giordano has become an activist, spreading awareness about exertional heat stroke and what can be done to ensure there are no more deaths because of it. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2023 Back to states South Carolina Below 104 Official website | Facebook page Cause: Raises awareness for exertional heat stroke Know a foundation focused on athlete health and safety that isn't listed? Stephanie Kuzydym, courier-journal.com, 9 Aug. 2023 The second type of heat illness is exertional heatstroke, which occurs during physical activity. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2023 Nearly 50 high school football players across the country have died from exertional heatstroke in the past 25 years, according to data from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. Allie Kelly, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2023 The institute is dedicated to preventing exertional heatstroke, the type of heatstroke that Stringer died from and that most often affects athletes, outdoor workers, and soldiers. Laura López González, The New Republic, 25 July 2023 Despite his otherwise outstanding physical fitness, Korey Stringer died on August 1, 2001, from exertional heatstroke complications after falling into a coma. Laura López González, The New Republic, 25 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exertional was in 1959

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“Exertional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertional. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


ex·​er·​tion·​al ig-ˈzərsh(-ə)-nəl How to pronounce exertional (audio)
: precipitated by physical exertion but usually relieved by rest
exertional rhabdomyolysis
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