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first aid

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noun
  1. emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached.
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Origin of first aid

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formsfirst-aid, adjectivefirst-aid·er, noun
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  • He put one arm, still with the bandages of the first-aid men, about the girl.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Jed arrived with first-aid stuff, and I set to work, Jed helping.

  • He didn't look at us, and he hadn't touched the first-aid stuff on the rock.

  • They are unarmed, but equipped with first-aid kits and stretchers.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • And we can haul out a lot of grub, and a first-aid kit and such.

    David Lannarck, Midget

    George S. Harney


British Dictionary definitions for first aid

first aid

noun
    1. immediate medical assistance given in an emergency
    2. (as modifier)first-aid box
  1. (in Barbados) a small shop that sells domestic items after hours
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first aid in Medicine

first aid

n.
  1. Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.
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Related formsfirst-aid adj.
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