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frostbite

[frawst-bahyt, frost-]
noun
  1. injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
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verb (used with object), frost·bit, frost·bit·ten, frost·bit·ing.
  1. to injure by frost or extreme cold.
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Origin of frostbite

First recorded in 1605–15; frost + bite
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Historical Examples of frostbit

  • Next morning the ends of my toes were so frostbit by the extreme cold of the country, that I could no longer go barefooted.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I

    Robert Kerr

  • "We couldn't pull enough o' that frostbit ole grass in the yard to feed him," Penrod said gloomily.


British Dictionary definitions for frostbit

frostbite

noun
  1. destruction of tissues, esp those of the fingers, ears, toes, and nose, by freezing, characterized by tingling, blister formation, and gangrene
  2. NZ a type of small sailing dinghy
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Word Origin and History for frostbit

frostbite

n.

also frost-bite, 1813, from frost (n.) + bite (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

frostbit in Medicine

frostbite

(frôstbīt′)
n.
  1. Injury or destruction of skin and underlying tissue, most often that of the nose, ears, fingers, or toes, resulting from prolonged exposure to freezing or subfreezing temperatures.
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frostbit in Science

frostbite

[frôstbīt′]
  1. Damage to a part of the body as a result of exposure to freezing temperatures. It is caused by a loss of blood supply and the formation of ice crystals in the affected body part.
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