first-degree burn


Definition of first-degree burn

: 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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This can mean preventing a first-degree burn from turning into a second-degree burn. Emily Gaynor, Teen Vogue, "How to Treat a Curling Iron Burn," 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, "You Can't Use Uber in Barcelona Right Now," 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,, "Welding gun sparked Pirates Dinner Theater fire, officials say," 30 May 2018 All on board suffered first-degree burns to their feet and legs. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County lakes see drowning, boat fire, watercraft collision," 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, "'Deodorant challenge': Are teens really burning their arms to go viral?," 9 May 2018 One officer received a minor first-degree burn to the right hand. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Accelerant used to start fire in Milwaukee apartment complex while police were in building," 8 Apr. 2018

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circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

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

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Medical Definition of first-degree burn

: 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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