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Definition of "frostbite" []

  • 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. (noun)
  • To injure or damage by freezing. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "frostbite" in a sentence
  • "My hands and face were burning with that "frostbite is just around the corner" sensation after only a few minutes."
  • "Skin destroyed by frostbite is completely black and looks loose and flayed, as if burnt."
  • ""Exposure," the chapter about hypothermia and frostbite, is quite graphic and medically detailed in its depiction of exactly what happens to the body as it freezes to death."