Definition of frostbite in English:



  • [mass noun] Injury to body tissues caused by exposure to extreme cold, typically affecting the nose, fingers, or toes and often resulting in gangrene.

    ‘when they rescued him he was suffering from frostbite’
    • ‘But I would've looked fantastic as the paramedics treated my frostbite, I'm sure.’
    • ‘Some will succumb to frostbite (fingers and toes are often lost) and there may be tense encounters with wild animals.’
    • ‘The condition has been known to arise from injuries as diverse as frostbite, leg ulcers and punctures from hypodermic syringes.’
    • ‘Ice should not be applied directly to skin because it can cause frostbite - place a cloth between the ice and skin.’
    • ‘He has not yet lost a toe or finger to frostbite, and added that ‘no mountain is worth losing a digit for’.’
    • ‘The lucky ones only lost their fingers and toes to frostbite, since air is much colder at higher altitudes.’
    • ‘He has suffered frostbite in his fingers, his eyesight is blurred, he has problems with his hearing in one ear and his gums are coming away from his teeth.’
    • ‘Hypothermia and frostbite can also cause problems for people during a very cold snap.’
    • ‘Your fingers and nose are suffering from burning frostbite.’
    • ‘None from this group suffered from severe or very severe frostbite.’
    • ‘Prolonged application of cold at very low temperatures can cause frostbite or nerve injuries.’
    • ‘In cold weather, the wind-chill factor significantly increases the chance of frostbite and other disabling injuries.’
    • ‘It not only protects against wind burn and frostbite, but it also keeps you from breathing in super-cooled air.’
    • ‘Not all of them know, however, that if it's left there too long, or applied directly to the skin, an ice pack can cause serious frostbite.’
    • ‘Winter weather can be nasty, and two of the meanest winter culprits are hypothermia and frostbite.’
    • ‘In 1941 he treated a young Canadian for frostbite, and had to amputate the man's gangrenous fingers.’
    • ‘You can identify frostbite by the hard, pale and cold quality of the skin that has been exposed to the cold.’
    • ‘Somebody did find me that day but I already had severe hypothermia by then and frostbite also.’
    • ‘Insufficient food has also left him two stone lighter with chronic gum and tooth pain and frostbite has deformed one of his fingers.’
    • ‘Operators should know the signs of hypothermia and regularly check for frostbite.’
    frostbite, cold, hypothermia
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