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first aid

emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill, etc., before regular medical services arrive or can be reached.
Origin of first aid
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first-aid, adjective
first-aider, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had bandaged his wound with his first-aid field dressing, and started crawling back, a few yards at a time.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • Jed arrived with first-aid stuff, and I set to work, Jed helping.

    Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
  • As a young woman with athletic leanings, Lucetta had had arduous drillings in first-aid, and had drilled others.

    Stranded in Arcady Francis Lynde
  • And we can haul out a lot of grub, and a first-aid kit and such.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • As they cleared the bay, Rick got the first-aid kit and took Chahda down into the cabin.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The room was still littered with the paraphernalia of first-aid.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • He reached the boats in record time and hurriedly got out a box of first-aid materials.

    Lost in the Wilds of Brazil James H. Foster
  • Behind them, a litter and first-aid equipment had been rigged for Baker.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for first-aid

first aid

  1. immediate medical assistance given in an emergency
  2. (as modifier): first-aid box
(in Barbados) a small shop that sells domestic items after hours
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first-aid in Medicine

first aid n.
Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available.

first'-aid' adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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