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

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Just under a month ago, we were warned that giant hogweed, a plant that can cause third-degree burns or even blindness, was cropping up across Virginia; now, 17-year-old Alex Childress has accidentally come into contact with the plant. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Virginia Teen Gets 3rd Degree Burns From Rare Weed," 14 July 2018 The plant is the giant hogweed: up to 15 feet tall, with white flowers that bloom to the size of an umbrella, and sap that can cause third-degree burns if not treated immediately. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Giant, Scary Invasive Flower Can Cause Third-Degree Burns," 7 July 2018 In California, two adult bears that suffered third-degree burns in a wildfire last year recovered and were released back into the wild. CBS News, "Orphaned bear cub rescued after paws are scorched in Colorado wildfire," 29 June 2018 The sizzle of a steel skillet is a deterrent against a third-degree burn. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder," 22 June 2018 In June, officials warned outdoorsy types about coming into contact with giant hogweed, an invasive plant that can lead to third-degree burns and blindness. Sarah Klein,, "Giant Hogweed Sent This Virginia Teen to the Hospital. Here's What to Know About the Scary Plant That Can Burn Your Skin and Lead to Blindness," 13 July 2018 Information on fireworks is incomplete in Georgia even though a state law requires hospitals to report any second- or third-degree burns affecting at least 5 percent of a person’s body, according to State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Why fireworks in Georgia boom well after the 4th of July," 10 July 2018 But beyond the danger of third-degree burns, their feet get so dirty. Lisa Van Loo, USA TODAY, "10 truths about summer vacation that every parent can relate to," 21 June 2018 Officials in Virginia are warning residents to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found Tuesday in the northern part of the state that can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Invasive plant that causes 3rd-degree burns, permanent blindness discovered in Virginia," 18 June 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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third-degree burn

third-de·​gree burn | \ˈthərd-di-ˌgrē-ˈ \

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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