first-degree burn

noun

: a mild burn characterized by heat, pain, and reddening of the burned surface but not exhibiting blistering or charring of tissues

Examples of first-degree burn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Myers was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for first-degree burns on her face as well as second-degree burns on her neck and chest. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 12 Feb. 2020 When the object rotated and sped away, Michalak's torso was sprayed with hot gas, leaving him with first-degree burns on his stomach. Fox News, 13 Dec. 2019 The backs of her legs were severely burned, with first-degree burns up her back, hip and right arm, according to a GoFundMe page set up to cover her medical expenses and lost wages. Scottie Andrew and Brian Ries, CNN, 24 June 2019 This can mean preventing a first-degree burn from turning into a second-degree burn. Emily Gaynor, Teen Vogue, 9 Aug. 2018 Things heated up yesterday when one driver was beaten unconscious and another was taken to the hospital with first-degree burns after an acid attack, according to the Associated Press. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 July 2018 The welder, identified in the report as Brian Davis, suffered first-degree burns to both arms, his left hand and his face. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, 30 May 2018 All on board suffered first-degree burns to their feet and legs. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2018 In 2010, medical journal Pediatrics published a report warning about deodorant spray as a cause of cold burns after two people suffered first-degree burns. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 9 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of first-degree burn was circa 1929

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“First-degree burn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first-degree%20burn. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

first-degree burn

noun
: a mild burn marked by heat, pain, and reddening of the burned surface but not showing blistering or charring of tissues

Medical Definition

first-degree burn

noun
: a mild burn characterized by heat, pain, and reddening of the burned surface but not exhibiting blistering or charring of tissues

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