first aid


: emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained

Examples of first aid in a Sentence

She gave him first aid for his sprained ankle.
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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first aid was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“First aid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

first aid

: emergency treatment given to an ill or injured person

Medical Definition

first aid

: emergency care or treatment given to an ill or injured person before regular medical aid can be obtained

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