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


(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

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')
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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Encyclopedia Article for chilblain

an inflammatory swelling of the skin of the hands or feet, resulting from exposure to cold. The condition is believed to result from cold hypersensitivity of small vessels of the skin. Tissue damage is less severe with chilblains than with frostbite, where the skin is actually frozen. Red, itching papules and patches of eroded tissue appear on the skin, which is cold and clammy to the touch; severe chilblains may blister and swell. The condition is aggravated by warmth, and sudden rewarming is not recommended. The preferred treatment is to elevate the affected part and allow it to warm gradually at room temperature.

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