road rash


Definition of road rash

: mild to severe skin abrasion resulting from a fall (as from a bicycle or motorcycle) which usually involves sliding on a hard rough surface

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Recent Examples on the Web Bingham told the station that her daughter’s injuries included skull fractures, bleeding in her brain and road rash. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Child killed during carjacking outside Fort Worth hospital, police say," 6 Oct. 2020 Motorcycle-specific pants are made with abrasion-resistant materials that will save you from road rash, and most have slots for knee and hip armor. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "All the Best Motorcycle Gear You Need to Start Riding," 5 Mar. 2020 That imagery is like motorcycle riders who puts on leather to protect them from road rash in a potential crash. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "P.J. Fleck’s Book Club: Gophers football coach leans hard toward leadership genre," 18 Oct. 2019 Most often, riders who fall crawl off the ground, spray antibiotic cream on road rashes and hop back on their bikes. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At Tour de France, Rules of the Road Are Often Unspoken," 25 July 2019 His board seemed nothing more than an expression of wealth trying to claim the counterculture of skateboarding, but exempting him from the difficult parts—the coordination, the road rash, the sweat. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 Ortiz-Magro had apparent minor injuries to the mouth and arm as well as road rash. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Jokes About His Car Fight with Jen Harley: 'Too Soon?'," 11 July 2018 The cousin who was in the car with her suffered only minor injuries, but Burrage had head injuries, spine fractures, road rash and lost her left ear. Doug Criss, CNN, "A soldier lost her ear in a car accident. So the doctors grew her a new one -- on her forearm," 10 May 2018 Fox 13 reports the victim has severe road rash, staples in his leg and damage to his ribs and lungs. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He was on his motorcycle and confronted a driver. Then things took a violent turn. | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of road rash

1962, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2020

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“Road rash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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Medical Definition of road rash

: mild to severe skin abrasion resulting from a fall (as from a bicycle or motorcycle) which usually involves sliding on a hard, rough surface

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