- an inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture.
Origin of chilblain
Also called pernio.
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Examples from the Web for chilblain
I did look like that in his studio, though the chilblain was itching.To Tell You the Truth
Jimmy would be sure to tell her that the first signs of a chilblain were approaching.Girls New and Old
L. T. Meade
The beastly thing's alphabetical, and only gets to "Chilblain."
"Break the camera," Burnett Minor murmured to the chilblain.The Story of Louie
"Yes," said he, in that cool way he has, which can be as irritating as a chilblain.The Motor Maid
Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
- pathol (usually plural) an inflammation of the fingers, toes, or ears, caused by prolonged exposure to moisture and coldTechnical name: pernio
C16: from chill (n) + blain
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Word Origin and History for chilblain
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Erythema, itching, and burning, especially of the dorsa of the fingers and toes, and of the heels, nose, and ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold.erythema pernio
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