ex·​er·​tion·​al | \ ig-ˈzər-shnəl How to pronounce exertional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of exertional

: precipitated by physical exertion exertional chest pain

Examples of exertional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Failure to recover from exercise, or post-exertional malaise, is often considered a hallmark ME/CFS symptom, according to a 2015 report by the National Academy of Medicine. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Chronic fatigue syndrome a possible long-term effect of Covid-19, experts say," 7 Aug. 2020 And even a 10-minute walk on the airport concourse set off post-exertional malaise, a painful feature of ME/CFS. Ryan Prior, CNN, "My friend chose an assisted death in Switzerland. Her dying wish was to tell you why," 7 June 2020 This is post-exertional malaise—the defining feature of ME/CFS. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Thousands Who Got COVID-19 in March Are Still Sick," 4 June 2020 An autopsy later showed that Bradforth died of exertional heatstroke and not a blood disorder, which was initially suspected. Fox News, "'Lack of leadership' led to Kansas college football player’s death, report says," 16 Nov. 2019 The coroner determined that the cause of Evans’ death was exertional rhabdomyolysis — the breakdown of muscle tissue during intense exercise — with sickle cell trait listed as a significant contributing factor. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Mother of Great Lakes recruit who died during boot camp run seeks second autopsy, saying Navy has offered few answers on sickle cell-related death," 5 Nov. 2019 Head coach Jeff Sims initially told the media that Bradforth had likely died from a blood clotting disorder, but months later, an autopsy found the cause of death to be exertional heat stroke. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Collapse and Confusion: The Death of a Juco Football Player," 24 June 2019 Of course, nothing is going to bring back the young man who collapsed and died of exertional heatstroke or take away the pain his family continues to endure. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: One year after death of Jordan McNair, Maryland football program must focus on more than winning," 13 June 2019 Following a battery of tests, my eventual diagnosis was exertional rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle damage that often occurs in high-impact activities like car crashes or football tackles, not footraces. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s gonna be a hot Mount Marathon, so racers be warned and spectators stand by — preferably with ice," 3 July 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Exertional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exertional. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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ex·​er·​tion·​al | \ ig-ˈzərsh(-ə)-nəl How to pronounce exertional (audio) \

Medical Definition of exertional

: precipitated by physical exertion but usually relieved by rest exertional rhabdomyolysis

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