- 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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Examples from the Web for frostbite
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They can also give you frostbite on your face or even kill you.Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Whip-Its
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In a fall show dubbed "frostbite," Jenden sent cool, sleek concoctions down the runway.London's New Look
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Except for a touch of frostbite on his toes and fingers, Barrent was all right.The Status Civilization
Pymia and frostbite were the other chief causes of mortality.
Some typical cases of frostbite were grotesque in their ghastliness.
For this reason we believe that scurvy may predispose to frostbite.Scurvy Past and Present
Alfred Fabian Hess
They had not been able to frostbite her yet because she had been too young; but they would get her presently.The Pastor's Wife
Elizabeth von Arnim
- 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 frostbite
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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