skin graft

noun

Definition of skin graft

: a piece of skin that is surgically removed from a donor area to replace skin in a defective or denuded area (such as one that has been burned) also : the procedure by which such a piece of skin is removed and transferred to a new area

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Recent Examples on the Web These donations could give a burn survivor a skin graft or a patient with a cardiovascular condition a chance at a new heart valve. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Adam had a heart attack at 39. His tissue donation saved lives and cemented his legacy.," 3 July 2020 As recently as the 1970s, Canadian researchers used Inuit as human test subjects, performing skin grafts, measuring pain reactions, and forcing them to stand underdressed in frigid weather to test cold tolerance. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, "Inuit researchers are leading a scientific movement to understand life on the ice," 29 May 2020 The skin, which is kept at extremely cold temperatures, has a shelf-life of up to five years, Wilson said, and one adult donor can typically provide up to 20 skin grafts. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "New Zealand needed human skin to treat volcano burn victims. Help came from Ohio.," 13 Dec. 2019 But the donor skin graft that is applied is only a temporary patch; it will be rejected by the patient’s immune system within a matter of weeks. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "New Zealand Seeks Human Skin to Treat Volcano Burn Victims," 12 Dec. 2019 The skin grafts come from donors -- like organ donors, skin donors register to donate their skin after death. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "New Zealand has ordered more than 1,290 square feet of skin for volcano victims," 11 Dec. 2019 Autologous skin grafts are painful and create a new wound. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Scientists 3D Print Skin That Develops Working Blood Vessels," 18 Nov. 2019 The water spilled down her leg and into her boot, causing severe burns that required skin grafts and left scarring. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Oregon Starbucks customer suing coffee chain claims she was burned by 'far too hot' water," 2 Nov. 2019 Over the last 10 months, Ja’bari’s condition has steadily improved thanks to extensive skin graft surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Mom of Baby Born Without Skin Can Finally Kiss Her 10-Month-Old Son After Life-Saving Transplant," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of skin graft

1871, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 2020

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“Skin graft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skin%20graft. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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skin graft

noun

Medical Definition of skin graft

: a piece of skin that is surgically removed from a donor area to replace skin in a defective or denuded area (as one that has been burned) also : the procedure by which such a piece of skin is removed and transferred to a new area

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