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trench foot

noun, Pathology.
injury of the skin, blood vessels, and nerves of the feet due to prolonged exposure to cold and wet, common among soldiers serving in trenches.
Origin of trench foot
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Fortunately we were now prepared, and were able to combat the dangers of "trench foot."

  • "trench foot," as it was called, was one of the most terrible afflictions of winter trenches.

British Dictionary definitions for trench foot

trench foot

a form of frostbite affecting the feet of persons standing for long periods in cold water
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trench foot in Medicine

trench foot n.
A condition of the foot resembling frostbite, caused by prolonged exposure to cold and dampness and often affecting soldiers in trenches. Also called immersion foot.

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