Definition of frostbite in English:

frostbite

Line breaks: frost|bite
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɒs(t)bʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold, typically affecting the nose, fingers, or toes and often resulting in gangrene: when they rescued him he was suffering from frostbite
    More example sentences
    • Prolonged application of cold at very low temperatures can cause frostbite or nerve injuries.
    • The condition has been known to arise from injuries as diverse as frostbite, leg ulcers and punctures from hypodermic syringes.
    • In 1941 he treated a young Canadian for frostbite, and had to amputate the man's gangrenous fingers.

Derivatives

frostbitten

adjective
More example sentences
  • In England and northwest Europe, while treating many soldiers with frostbitten limbs, his interest in hypothermia grew stronger.
  • Do not rub frostbitten areas or apply direct heat.
  • In the meantime, elevate the frostbitten area to minimize swelling.

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