heat exhaustion

noun

: a condition marked by weakness, nausea, dizziness, and profuse sweating that results from physical exertion in a hot environment

called also heat prostration

compare heatstroke

Examples of heat exhaustion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If someone is experiencing heat exhaustion or cramps, they should be moved to a cooler place, ideally air-conditioned, and should drink water every 15 minutes. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2024 Symptoms of drinking too much water Similar to heat exhaustion, symptoms of hyponatremia can include nausea, headache, fatigue, muscle weakness or cramps and in extreme cases seizures or coma. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 13 Mar. 2024 Thousands of pages from an OSHA investigation from this summer showed workers suffering from heat exhaustion, knee or head contusions, or an elbow or hand being crushed. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 Headaches can be also symptoms of heat exhaustion—a condition that requires medical attention.22 To prevent headaches from heat exposure, consider the following tips:23 Limit outdoor activity to cooler times of the day Stay hydrated Wear light, loose clothing, sunglasses, or a wide-brimmed hat 14. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 26 Feb. 2024 And earlier this year, OSHA again proposed fines against a Central Florida farm after one of its strawberry pickers died of heat exhaustion after temperatures rose to 89 degrees. Alex Harris, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Someone with heat exhaustion should get out of the heat immediately and try to cool themselves down by taking a cold shower or bath, Scaletta said. Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 22 Aug. 2023 This can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can cause heart attacks and organ failure. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 9 Oct. 2023 Suspect heat exhaustion if your child has muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, headache, and rapid heartbeat. Stacey Colino, Parents, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heat exhaustion was in 1861

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“Heat exhaustion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20exhaustion. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

heat exhaustion

noun
: a condition marked by weakness, nausea, dizziness, and much sweating that results from physical exertion in a hot environment

called also heat prostration

compare heat stroke

Medical Definition

heat exhaustion

noun
: a condition characterized by faintness or fainting, palpitations, nausea, vomiting, headache, and profuse sweating and resulting from physical exertion in a hot environment

called also heat prostration

compare heatstroke

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