hot flash

noun

Definition of hot flash

: a sudden brief flushing and sensation of heat caused by dilation of skin capillaries usually associated with menopausal endocrine imbalance

called also hot flush

Examples of hot flash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Afghanistan is a particularly hot flash point in this debate. USA Today, 25 Feb. 2021 Cold sweats can even be a sign of hormonal changes, like going through a hot flash during menopause or having your hormone levels readjust after a pregnancy, Dr. Boling says. Korin Miller, Health.com, 20 Nov. 2020 What the former first lady was going through in that moment is an event that many others who have endured menopausal symptoms are all too familiar with: a hot flash. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2020 During their discussion, the former first lady shared a story about having a hot flash while on Marine One before an event with President Barack Obama. Sean Neumann, PEOPLE.com, 12 Aug. 2020 In short, a night sweat is a hot flash that comes on at night and disrupts your sleep. Maria Del Russo, Woman's Day, 18 June 2020 While, yes, menopause isn't all bad (hi, no more spending money on tampons or remembering birth control), the side effects, like hot flashes and mood swings, aren't exactly a welcome development. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 19 Nov. 2019 Sophie, a lawyer in her early 50s, who asked to go by a pseudonym, had been suffering from frequent hot flashes and night sweats, both associated with menopause, but the forgetfulness seemed to be in another league. Jena Pincott, Scientific American, 6 May 2020 Participants will be warned of possible side effects that may be a first for many men, like tenderness in the breast and hot flashes. Roni Caryn Rabin, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hot flash

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Hot flash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot%20flash. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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hot flash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hot flash

US : a sudden brief hot feeling experienced especially by women during menopause

hot flash

noun

Medical Definition of hot flash

: a sudden brief flushing and sensation of heat caused by dilation of skin capillaries usually associated with menopausal endocrine imbalance

called also hot flush

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