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blain

[bleyn]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an inflammatory swelling or sore.
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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

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

    The Art and Practice of Hawking

    Edward B. Michell

  • 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
  1. a blister, blotch, or sore on the skin
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Word Origin

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