- injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
- to injure by frost or extreme cold.
Origin of frostbite
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Next morning the ends of my toes were so frostbit by the extreme cold of the country, that I could no longer go barefooted.
"We couldn't pull enough o' that frostbit ole grass in the yard to feed him," Penrod said gloomily.
- destruction of tissues, esp those of the fingers, ears, toes, and nose, by freezing, characterized by tingling, blister formation, and gangrene
- NZ a type of small sailing dinghy
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Word Origin and History for frostbit
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- 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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- 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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