third-degree burn


Definition of third-degree burn

: a severe burn characterized by destruction of the skin through its deeper layers and possibly into underlying tissues, loss of fluid, and sometimes shock

Examples of third-degree burn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wawa has agreed to pay $3 million to the family of a child who suffered second and third-degree burns after hot water spilled on her at a New Jersey store. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Family of 3-year-old severely burned at Wawa by hot water gets $3 million settlement," 22 Apr. 2020 The little girl received second and third-degree burns to 25 to 30 percent of her body. Carol Robinson |, al, "Suspect sought in scalding of young daughter in Montgomery County," 17 Feb. 2020 Bischoff was hospitalized with second-and-third-degree burns to 38 percent of his body. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "At least 5 injured, including 2 firefighters, in explosion at Oktoberfest celebration in Huntington Beach," 6 Oct. 2019 Troy suffered second and third-degree burns mostly on his lower legs, about 9% of his skin. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "A visit to a local school before Columbia Township firefighter’s death saved two lives," 24 Nov. 2019 Avery Welna, born in the southern Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don, was way too young to recall the fire that caused permanent third-degree burns on the left of her/his face, arm and torso. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: ‘These kids today?’ OK boomers. Read this.," 16 Nov. 2019 Villalaz suffered second-degree burns on his face and third-degree burns on his neck, as well as irritation to his left eye., "A 61-year-old white man who is accused of splashing acid on a Hispanic man’s face and telling him to go back to his country has been charged with a hate crime by prosecutors in Milwaukee.," 8 Nov. 2019 Moore sustained third-degree burns in the May 25 crash near Ann Arbor, Mich., in which a wrong-way driver struck his family’s vehicle head on, according to Michigan state police. Shannon Ryan,, "Howard Moore suffers a setback in his recovery from a fatal car crash and won’t coach for Wisconsin this season," 29 July 2019 Los Angeles and celebrity are front and center, but so too are Babitz’s struggles with sobriety and the life-threatening accident that left her scarred from third-degree burns. Lauren Sarazen, Washington Post, "The resurgence of Eve Babitz continues with ‘I Used to Be Charming’," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of third-degree burn

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Third-degree burn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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third-degree burn

third-de·​gree burn | \ ˈthərd-di-ˌgrē-ˈ How to pronounce third-degree burn (audio) \

Medical Definition of third-degree burn

: a severe burn characterized by destruction of the skin through the depth of the dermis and possibly into underlying tissues, loss of fluid, and sometimes shock

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