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

Definition of snakebite

: the bite of a snake and especially a venomous snake

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Do not waste time on tourniquets, sucking or applying a snakebite kit. Tom Stienstra,, "Rattlesnake season is here. Be prepared.," 28 June 2019 Skip the snakebite kits and tourniquets; that’s outdated advice. Rachel Levin, Sunset, "What to Do If You See a Rattlesnake in the Wild," 22 Jan. 2018 Despite the snakebite, deputies found hundreds of yards of irrigation pipe, camping supplies and large areas that had been cleared for marijuana planting, officials said. Lauren Hernández,, "The Scanner: A fake cop busted by real cops, and a real cop busted by a fake girl," 10 June 2019 Cleopatra’s suicide in 30 B.C.—purportedly via snakebite—marked the end of the Ptolemaic era in Egypt but the start of an enduring obsession with the fabled queen. National Geographic, "Who was Augustus Caesar?," 20 May 2019 Skip the snakebite kits and tourniquets; that’s outdated advice. Rachel Levin, Sunset, "What to Do If You See a Rattlesnake in the Wild," 22 Jan. 2018 If the antivenin is administered within two hours of the snakebite, the victim has a 99 percent chance of survival. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Avoid and Treat Rattlesnake Bites," 9 Nov. 2018 During the course of her life in Africa Kuki lost both Paolo and Emanuele in tragic accidents: Paolo was killed in a car crash, and the teenage Emanuele died just a few years later from a snakebite. Allyn Stewart, Town & Country, "How Kuki Gallmann Became One of Kenya's Great Protectors," 24 Apr. 2017 Hayes’s current focus is the varying severity of snakebites. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of snakebite

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snakebite

: the wound you get when a snake bites you


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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