second-degree burn

noun

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

Examples of second-degree burn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated for a third-degree burn and a palm-sized second-degree burn on the crown on his head. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 Blisters, a large burn or a burn that spreads could be a sign of a second-degree burn and the child should be evaluated. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2022 Martin said he was surrounded by enemies who attacked him, throwing hot water on him and giving him a second-degree burn on his hip. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Most commonly, an at-home waxing mishap causes a first or second-degree burn. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Oct. 2020 The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and first- and second-degree burns, according to police. Jim Walsh, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2019 One man placed in a scalding bath or shower went to the hospital with second-degree burns. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2020 The child is still recovering from second-degree burns caused by the incident, police said. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 27 Feb. 2020 And in 2017, a Manhattan man, 69, ended up in a hospital burn unit with second-degree burns over his entire back, groin, calves and feet; he had been placed in a scalding tub or shower. Benjamin Weiser, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of second-degree burn was in 1937

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“Second-degree burn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second-degree%20burn. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

second-degree burn

noun
: a burn characterized by pain, blistering, and destruction of the top layers of the skin that is accompanied by the accumulation of blood and fluid in the tissues beneath the burned area

Medical Definition

second-degree burn

noun
: 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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