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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
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Examples from the web for frostbite
  • He lost his nose, one hand and all of his remaining fingers to frostbite.
  • Nothing is worse than heading to a board meeting in the middle of winter with a touch of frostbite.
  • His voice outside, her hand on the coin of frostbite on his cheek, his gift of an apple.
  • Do not put ice directly on the skin, because this can cause frostbite.
  • In cold weather, wear warm socks and limit your exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite.
  • frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by that tissue being frozen.
  • Although frostbite and hypothermia are not directly related, you should know what frostbite is and how to prevent it.
  • frostbite when the body tissue freezes and damage to that tissue occurs.
  • frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas.
  • frostbite occurs when the skin tissue actually freezes.
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.).

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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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