second-degree burn


Definition of second-degree burn 

: a burn marked by pain, blistering, and superficial destruction of dermis with edema and hyperemia of the tissues beneath the burn

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In 2008, a colleague of his, Sean Mackey, was asked to serve as an expert witness in the case of a man who was suing an asphalt manufacturer after suffering first- and second-degree burns. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "The Neuroscience of Pain," 9 May 2016 Jamoneisha Merritt, an 11-year-old from the Bronx, New York, was admitted Monday morning to Harlem Hospital with second-degree burns to her face, neck, shoulders and chest, NY1 reports. Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "UPDATED: Teen Scalded by Boiling Water at Sleepover Makes Remarkable Recovery," 21 Aug. 2017 On November 2, two days before the assault, Boucher set fire to another pile of debris, sustaining second-degree burns. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The neighbor who tackled Sen. Rand Paul is sentenced to 30 days in prison," 15 June 2018 The incident happened in 2016, KPHO-TV reported, when 9-month-old Nicholas Woodger suffered second-degree burns on 30 percent of his body. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Fire department issues warning about kids getting burned by garden hoses left in the sun," 5 June 2018 The girl suffered second-degree burns to her wrist and abdomen. Talia Richman,, "Fourth of July injury: 11-year-old girl suffers burns from sparklers," 5 July 2018 Wright rushed her daughter to the hospital, where doctors confirmed Asia had suffered second-degree burns. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Missouri mom warns about danger of hot slides after girl, 4, suffers second-degree burns," 3 July 2018 Most people suffered injuries affecting hands, eyes and faces as well as second-degree burns. Elyssa Cherney,, "As more fireworks find their way into public's hands, catastrophic injuries on the rise," 2 July 2018 The day before the attack, Mr. Baker said, Mr. Boucher had decided to burn a pile of brush placed near his land — suffering second-degree burns in the process. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "Rand Paul’s Neighbor Is Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison After Attack," 15 June 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of second-degree burn 

: a burn marked by pain, blistering, and superficial destruction of dermis with edema and hyperemia of the tissues beneath the burn

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