injured by frost or extreme cold.
Origin of frostbitten
First recorded in 1585–95
injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from initial redness and tingling to gangrene.
verb (used with object), frost·bit, frost·bit·ten, frost·bit·ing.
to injure by frost or extreme cold.
Origin of frostbite
First recorded in 1605–15; frost
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British Dictionary definitions for frostbitten
of or affected with frostbite
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 frostbitten
also frost-bitten, 1550s, from frost (n.) + bitten.
also frost-bite, 1813, from frost (n.) + bite (n.).
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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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