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[bleyn] /bleɪn/
noun, Pathology
an inflammatory swelling or sore.
Origin of blain
before 1000; Middle English blein(e), Old English blegene. See chilblain Unabridged
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a blister, blotch, or sore on the skin
Word Origin
Old English blegen; related to Middle Low German bleine
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Word Origin and History for blains



Old English blegen "a sore," from Proto-Germanic *blajinon "a swelling" (cf. Danish blegn, Dutch blein), from PIE *bhlei- "to swell," from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole.

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blains in Medicine

blain (blān)
A skin swelling or sore; a blister; a blotch.

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blains in the Bible

occurs only in connection with the sixth plague of Egypt (Ex. 9:9, 10). In Deut. 28:27, 35, it is called "the botch of Egypt." It seems to have been the fearful disease of black leprosy, a kind of elephantiasis, producing burning ulcers.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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