sun·​stroke | \ ˈsən-ˌstrōk How to pronounce sunstroke (audio) \

Definition of sunstroke

: heatstroke caused by direct exposure to the sun broadly : heatstroke

Examples of sunstroke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Globally, these numbers are widely thought to be underreported, as allergic reactions to stings are sometimes mistaken for heart attacks or sunstroke. Hannah Hoag, Quartz, 16 Nov. 2020 More than 100 died on the way, of sunstroke, dehydration, starvation, exhaustion and traffic accidents. Gladson Dungdung, Scientific American, 20 June 2020 The crew was also dealing with sunstroke, according to Borstein. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 9 Dec. 2019 The foreman himself came all the way out to the farm to tell my father about the afternoon, the hottest anyone could remember—about the way Tuomas had straightened up as if someone had called his name, before crumpling to the ground with sunstroke. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, 19 July 2019 But when sustained heat waves hit a region, the other health ramifications can be serious, including sunstroke and even major organ damage due to heat. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, 23 July 2010 The sunstroke weakened his immune system, likely causing the West Nile to develop into meningitis, an infection that inflames the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, 12 Apr. 2018 According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, heatstroke, also called sunstroke, occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. Leada Gore,, 19 July 2017 There were lots of other threats, too, from getting sunstroke to being kicked by a camel. National Geographic, 1 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sunstroke

1787, in the meaning defined above

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“Sunstroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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sun·​stroke | \ ˈsən-ˌstrōk How to pronounce sunstroke (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunstroke

: an illness that is marked by high fever and weakness and is caused by exposure to too much sun


sun·​stroke | \ -ˌstrōk How to pronounce sunstroke (audio) \

Medical Definition of sunstroke

: heatstroke caused by direct exposure to the sun broadly : heatstroke

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