frostnip

noun

frost·​nip ˈfrȯs(t)-ˌnip How to pronounce frostnip (audio)
: the reversible freezing of superficial skin layers that is usually marked by numbness and whiteness of the skin

Examples of frostnip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The frostnip was like wearing a thimble. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2021 Individuals experiencing frostnip won’t experience permanent damage to their skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2023 The first is called ‘frostnip,’ and that is a cooling of the outermost skin tissue without any actual destruction to the tissue. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 20 Dec. 2022 While battling appalling weather in Greenland Chandi suffered frostnip -- an early stage of frostbite -- on the tip of her nose. Laura Smith-Spark and Francesca Street, CNN, 6 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frostnip was in 1967

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“Frostnip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frostnip. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

frostnip

noun
frost·​nip ˈfrȯs(t)-ˌnip How to pronounce frostnip (audio)
: the reversible freezing of superficial skin layers that is usually marked by numbness and whiteness of the skin
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