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[frawst-bahyt, frost-] /ˈfrɔstˌbaɪt, ˈfrɒst-/
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), frostbit, frostbitten, frostbiting.
to injure by frost or extreme cold.
Origin of frostbite
1605-15; frost + bite Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Pymia and frostbite were the other chief causes of mortality.

    Under the Red Crescent Charles S. Ryan
  • Except for a touch of frostbite on his toes and fingers, Barrent was all right.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • The winter life of 1915-16 was one of mud and frostbite in the line, and taverns and songs when out.

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • Some typical cases of frostbite were grotesque in their ghastliness.

    Under the Red Crescent Charles S. Ryan
  • At this altitude, this was dangerous, although we were not yet high enough to worry about frostbite.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • 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
  • No frostbite now—I haven't told you about that, because it is too dreadful for me to tell or for you to hear—but no less sickness.

British Dictionary definitions for 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 frostbite

also frost-bite, 1813, from frost (n.) + bite (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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frostbite in Medicine

frostbite frost·bite (frôst'bīt')
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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frostbite in Science
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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