Definition of trench foot in US English:

trench foot


  • A painful condition of the feet caused by long immersion in cold water or mud and marked by blackening and death of surface tissue.

    • ‘In reality, his boots had been destroyed during a mortar attack when he had them off so that they would dry out and he wouldn't get trench foot.’
    • ‘After arriving in France in November 1917, the soldiers were introduced to army expeditionary camp life with its plethora of camp illnesses caused by cold and wet weather - colds, influenza, trench foot, and bronchitis.’
    • ‘Along with very little sleep and the destruction of trenches, soldiers also had to worry about contracting trench foot.’
    • ‘In severe cases of trench foot, tissue injury is serious enough to cause skin sloughing and subsequent gangrenous change.’
    • ‘Many soldiers suffered from trench foot, an infection which could turn gangrenous and result in amputation.’
    • ‘Treatments had to be found for terrible conditions never encountered before such as trench foot, mustard gas poisoning, and shell shock.’
    • ‘Either way, once a virus or piece of spyware gets on your system, getting it off can rate harder than curing a severe case of trench foot!’
    • ‘Various runners stumble back to the circle to renditions of Swing Low offering abusive comments to the hares and complaining about blisters and trench foot.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, a change to the spring and summer months would meet with almost overwhelming support of the players who must suffer the frostbite and trench foot that comes with a regular diet of rain, ice and mud.’
    • ‘Many people I know who work in the tropics - whether they're missionaries, scientists, or gold miners - like to tell horror stories about the afflictions they've endured: scorpion stings, trench foot, dengue fever, vampire-bat attacks.’
    • ‘She'd gone on there (after much reassurance and persuasion having never used one before) to research a story about a girl who claimed to have trench foot from the Glastonbury Festival.’
    • ‘And the crowds who risked trench foot in October around the muddy, muddy banks were as enthralled as their counterparts at sunny St Andrews in July.’
    • ‘But most people prefer not to be treated for hypothermia or trench foot.’
    • ‘There's also an entity known as trench foot, which actually is caused by submersing your feet, literally, in cold water for long periods of time.’
    • ‘And today you come back, in a foul mood, smelling of the Front and trench foot.’
    • ‘The run-up to Chelsea week saw me developing a pretty nasty case of trench foot as I squelched about ankle-deep in mud, wondering how any of the gardens would get built in time for those doors to open on May 22.’
    • ‘The water was vein tighteningly cold, but there was no way he was taking any more clothes off tonight, even if he ended up with pneumonia or trench foot later on.’
    • ‘If you have never had trench foot described to you, I will explain.’
    • ‘And there were no Purple Hearts for either trench foot or jaundice.’
    • ‘The only preventive measure for trench foot was to keep feet dry, usually by applying whale oil to help form a protective barrier against moisture and by changing socks frequently.’


trench foot

/trɛntʃ fʊt/