heat cramps

plural noun

Definition of heat cramps

: a condition that is marked by sudden development of cramps in skeletal muscles and that results from prolonged work or exercise in high temperatures accompanied by profuse perspiration with loss of sodium chloride from the body

Examples of heat cramps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that high temperatures can lead to illnesses ranging in severity from heat rash and sunburn, to heat cramps and exhaustion, to heat stroke. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "How to stay safe in this week's heat wave," 18 July 2019 Other illnesses the district advises people to watch out for include dehydration, heat cramps and heat strokes. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "City, organizations help residents cope with rising heat," 20 June 2019 People may experience heat strokes, heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Jacob Beltran, ExpressNews.com, "Officials urge caution, awareness during heat wave," 20 June 2019 In Palm Springs, California, where highs could hit 114 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, officials warned the high temperatures could cause heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat stroke. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "120 degrees in the shade?! Record-breaking, 'dangerous' heat wave bakes western U.S.," 10 June 2019 When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "California urges power conservation during heat wave," 23 July 2018 As the body temperature rises beyond the norm of 98.6 degrees, this can bring on muscle pain and spasms known as heat cramps, or lead to what’s called heat exhaustion: cramps accompanied by dizziness, nausea, headaches and more. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: Extreme heat kills 618 people every year," 9 July 2018 According to the Harford County Health Department, heat illness takes many forms, including heat fatigue, heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps, heat exhaustion or the most serious, heat stroke. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford opens cooling centers at libraries; pools, creeks top places to beat the searing heat," 2 July 2018 With temperatures on the rise, the risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps increase as well. The Courier-Journal, "14 tips to stay accident-free this summer," 5 June 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Heat cramps.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20cramps. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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heat cramps

noun plural

Medical Definition of heat cramps

: a condition that is marked by sudden development of cramps in skeletal muscles and that results from prolonged work or exercise in high temperatures accompanied by profuse perspiration with loss of sodium chloride from the body

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