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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The singer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated for a third-degree burn and a palm-sized second-degree burn on the crown on his head. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 Unlike a fractured hip, cirrhotic liver or third-degree burn, mental illnesses are diagnosed differently. Forbes, 14 June 2021 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, 22 Apr. 2020 The little girl received second and third-degree burns to 25 to 30 percent of her body. Carol Robinson |, al, 17 Feb. 2020 Bischoff was hospitalized with second-and-third-degree burns to 38 percent of his body. Caroline Linton, CBS News, 6 Oct. 2019 Troy suffered second and third-degree burns mostly on his lower legs, about 9% of his skin. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, 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, 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., 8 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of third-degree burn was in 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Third-degree burn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

third-degree burn

: a burn in which the whole thickness of the skin and sometimes underlying tissues are destroyed with loss of fluid and often shock

Medical Definition

third-degree burn

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