Heat Exhaustion Glossary of Terms

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Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Coma: A state of deep, unarousable unconsciousness. A coma may occur as a result of head t...

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Dehydration: Excessive loss of body water. Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that cau...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Electrolyte: A substance that dissociates into ions in solution and acquires the capacity ...

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Fatigue: A condition characterized by a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency ...

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Headache: A pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the he...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heat cramps: Painful muscle spasms in the abdomen, arms, or legs following strenuous activ...

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Heat exhaustion: A warning that the body is getting too hot. The person may be thirsty, gi...

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Heat stroke: A core body temperature that rises above 104 F (40 C) accompanied by hot, dr...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Lethargy: Abnormal drowsiness, stupor.

Muscle: Muscle is the tissue of the body which primarily functions as a source of power. T...

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Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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Pharmacist: A professional who fills prescriptions and, in the case of a compounding pharm...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Rhabdomyolysis: A condition in which skeletal muscle is broken down, releasing muscle enzy...

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Seizure: Uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical conv...

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Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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