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Definition of Heat prostration

Heat prostration: Overheating of the body due to extreme weather conditions. Unrelieved hyperthermia can lead to collapse and death, particularly in the elderly. Prevention via air conditioning, ventilation, and drinking extra water is the key for vulnerable persons. In emergency cases, injections of saline solution and rapid cooling of the body may be needed. Also known as heatstroke or hyperthermia.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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