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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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Related Words for blains

abscess, sore, welt, ulcer, cyst, pimple, carbuncle, wale, weal, sac, bubble, burn, vesicle, canker, boil, blain, vesication, furuncle, bleb, pustule

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British Dictionary definitions for blains


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

Old English blegen; related to Middle Low German bleine
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Word Origin and History for blains



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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blains in Medicine


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