snake·​bite | \ ˈsnāk-ˌbīt How to pronounce snakebite (audio) \

Definition of snakebite

: the bite of a snake and especially a venomous snake

Examples of snakebite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The discoverer of the snake might be the first to get a snakebite. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Rushton and Shapshak are co-directors of the comprehensive snakebite clinic. al, 5 June 2022 During the summer, when snakes are out, Rushton and his colleagues do one or two snakebite consults a day. al, 5 June 2022 At Studs, Bubbers says customers are opting more and more for a snakebite on the conch for a doubly trendy effect. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 31 May 2022 Other potential culprits included a sinkhole, a serial killer, a snakebite and a simple heart attack. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Those statistics also give you some idea of how best to avoid a snakebite. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 9 May 2018 Death by snakebite is common in India, with 1.2 million such deaths from 2000 to 2019, according to the World Health Organization. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 Out in the wild, knowing how to treat a venomous snakebite or a gangrenous infection can mean the difference between life and death., 21 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of snakebite

1839, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2022

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“Snakebite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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snake·​bite | \ -ˌbīt How to pronounce snakebite (audio) \

Medical Definition of snakebite

: the bite of a snake also : the condition resulting from the bite of a venomous snake and characterized by variable symptoms (as pain and swelling at the puncture site, blurred vision, difficulty in breathing, or internal bleeding)

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