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


first-aid, adjectivefirst-aid·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Medicine definitions for first aid

first aid


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

Other words from first aid

first-aid adj.
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