heatstroke

noun
heat·​stroke | \ ˈhēt-ˌstrōk How to pronounce heatstroke (audio) \

Definition of heatstroke

: a life-threatening condition marked especially by cessation of sweating, extremely high body temperature, and collapse that results from prolonged exposure to high temperature — compare heat exhaustion, sunstroke

Examples of heatstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Douglas Phillips, the attorney representing Shaw, said those caring for Elijah on the sideline that warm September day initially might have misidentified his condition as heatstroke. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 The foundation is meant to educate student-athletes, parents, and the football community on the signs and symptoms of heatstroke and heat-related illnesses. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Douglas Phillips, the attorney representing Shaw, said that those caring for Elijah on the sideline that warm September day might have initially misidentified his condition as heatstroke. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 The deaths were due to heatstroke, cardiac issues, asthma and a condition related to the sickle cell trait. Marie Fazio, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2021 The review also found that the athletic training staff did not take McNair’s temperature and did not use a cold-water immersion treatment, a technique researchers say has a high success rate for those suffering heatstroke. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 5 Jan. 2022 He was placed on administrative leave at Maryland in the summer of 2018 after the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair from heatstroke stemming from an offseason workout in the spring of 2018, but Durkin was reinstated after an investigation. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Jan. 2022 McNair, a University of Maryland football player, died in the summer of 2018 after suffering heatstroke during a team workout. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 3 Feb. 2022 According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, heatstroke accounted for nearly 30% of the 21 police dog deaths last year. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heatstroke

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Heatstroke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heatstroke. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for heatstroke

heatstroke

noun
heat·​stroke | \ ˈhēt-ˌstrōk How to pronounce heatstroke (audio) \

Medical Definition of heatstroke

: a life-threatening condition characterized by cessation of sweating with inadequate elimination of body heat, extremely high temperature, rapid pulse, hot dry skin, flaccid muscles, delirium, collapse, and coma and resulting from prolonged exposure to high environmental temperature which causes a dysfunction of the temperature-regulating mechanism of the body — see sunstroke — compare heat exhaustion

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