blain

[bleyn]

noun Pathology.

an inflammatory swelling or sore.

Origin of blain

before 1000; Middle English blein(e), Old English blegene. See chilblain
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Examples from the Web for blain

Historical Examples of blain

  • The blain is a watery vesicle in the second joint of the wing.

  • They haf daken atfandage of our bresence to regover a bortion of the blain.

    Overland

    John William De Forest

  • Nevertheless the blain grew chillier and chillier until at last they were compelled to send for a physician.

    Bill the Minder

    W. Heath Robinson

  • It alwish seemed to me to be a beeg fish story, but it ish all blain to my mint now.


British Dictionary definitions for blain

blain

noun

a blister, blotch, or sore on the skin

Word Origin for blain

Old English blegen; related to Middle Low German bleine
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Word Origin and History for blain
n.

Old English blegen "a sore," from Proto-Germanic *blajinon "a swelling" (cf. Danish blegn, Dutch blein), from PIE *bhlei- "to swell," from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.

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blain in Medicine

blain

[blān]

n.

A skin swelling or sore; a blister; a blotch.
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