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chilblain

[chil-bleyn] /ˈtʃɪl bleɪn/
noun, Usually, chilblains, Pathology
1.
an inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture.
Also called pernio.
Origin of chilblain
1540-1550
1540-50; chill + blain
Related forms
chilblained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chilblain

chilblain

/ˈtʃɪlˌbleɪn/
noun
1.
(pathol) (usually pl) an inflammation of the fingers, toes, or ears, caused by prolonged exposure to moisture and cold Technical name pernio
Derived Forms
chilblained, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from chill (n) + blain
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Word Origin and History for chilblain
n.

1540s, from chill (n.) + blain "inflamed swelling or sore on skin." Related: Chilblains.

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chilblain in Medicine

chilblain chil·blain (chĭl'blān')
n.
Erythema, itching, and burning, especially of the dorsa of the fingers and toes, and of the heels, nose, and ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold. Also called erythema pernio.

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