prickly heat

noun

Definition of prickly heat

: a noncontagious cutaneous eruption of red pimples with intense itching and tingling caused by inflammation around the sweat ducts

Examples of prickly heat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The girl was filthy, blistered by prickly heat and bitten by ants, her ankles chafed by chains attached to an iron stake. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "June Robles Birt, Whose Abduction at 6 Gripped the Nation, Is Dead at 87," 31 Oct. 2017

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Prickly heat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prickly%20heat. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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prickly heat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prickly heat

medical : a skin rash that people sometimes get during hot weather

prickly heat

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prick·​ly heat | \ ˈprik-lē- How to pronounce prickly heat (audio) \

Medical Definition of prickly heat

: a noncontagious cutaneous eruption of red pimples with intense itching and tingling caused by inflammation around the sweat ducts

called also heat rash

— see miliaria

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