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frostbite

Pronunciation: frost'bit

Definition: Local tissue destruction resulting from exposure to extreme cold; in mild cases, it results in superficial, reversible freezing followed by erythema and slight pain (frostnip); in severe cases, it can be painless or paresthetic and result in blistering, persistent edema, and gangrene. Frostbite is currently treated by rapid rewarming.

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