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trench foot

noun, Pathology
injury of the skin, blood vessels, and nerves of the feet due to prolonged exposure to cold and wet, common among soldiers serving in trenches.
Origin of trench foot
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That last pair sent me nearly cost me a court martial by my getting my feet into trench-foot condition.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for trench-foot

trench foot

a form of frostbite affecting the feet of persons standing for long periods in cold water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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trench-foot in Medicine

trench foot n.
A condition of the foot resembling frostbite, caused by prolonged exposure to cold and dampness and often affecting soldiers in trenches. Also called immersion foot.

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