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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to a study by the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, an average of 2.4 people died annually from exertional heatstroke between 2017 and 2021, including Maryland football player Jordan McNair in June 2018. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2023 In August 2001, Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl offensive tackle Korey Stringer, 27, died from exertional heatstroke during a stiflingly hot training camp practice. Eric Levenson, CNN, 4 Jan. 2023 Korey Stringer was a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman who died from exertional heat stroke in 2001. The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2023 One college football player died of exertional heat stroke, another had an acute sickle cell crisis. Sean Gregory, Time, 4 Jan. 2023 But because of the dicey and unpredictable elements of post-exertional malaise, long Covid patients with ME/CFS must learn the daily art of pacing themselves. E. Wesley Ely, STAT, 16 Feb. 2023 Then came long COVID, also frequently characterized by chronic fatigue and post-exertional malaise. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2022 Fatigue, brain fog, post-exertional malaise, new-onset conditions like heart issues, diabetes, blood clots, stroke– all have been reported, and many more. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023 Also missing was post-exertional malaise, dysautonomia/POTS, or ME/CFS. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Exertional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertional. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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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