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first aid

emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached.
Origin of first aid
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
first-aid, adjective
first-aider, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Three zig-zag trenches led from the cook house and first aid Station to the second line of trenches.

  • Then she washed the wounds with an antiseptic solution from the first aid Cabinet upstairs and bound them up with clean bandages.

British Dictionary definitions for first aid

first aid

  1. immediate medical assistance given in an emergency
  2. (as modifier): first-aid box
(in Barbados) a small shop that sells domestic items after hours
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first aid in Medicine

first aid n.
Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.

first'-aid' adj.
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