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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She was hospitalized with third-degree burns to 65 percent of her body. David Jeans, New York Times, "The Polaris RZR, an Off-Road Thrill That Can Go Up in Flames," 6 Sep. 2019 Katy firefighters arrived to the scene of a fire at the facility to find Johnson still alive, but suffering from second and third-degree burns, said Fire Chief Russell Wilson. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Elderly woman dies in fire at Katy assisted living facility," 9 Aug. 2019 Like his father, his mother suffered third-degree burns on about 30% of her body, but she has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home in Chico, Jessee Ernest said. Washington Post, "Man dies in hospital; 2018 wildfire death toll rises to 86," 8 Aug. 2019 Howard Moore suffered third-degree burns but was eventually released and was back home in Madison on June 8. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW assistant Howard Moore is moving to long-term care facility, won't coach in 2019-20," 29 July 2019 One person was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and another with third-degree burns from crowd-control chemicals., "Portland mayor, police come under fire after right-wing writer attacked at protest," 30 June 2019 Mullen was paralyzed on his left side, suffered third-degree burns, had a nine-inch crack in his skill, and needed to relearn how to walk. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 At 156 degrees Fahrenheit, water can reportedly cause a third-degree burn in just one second. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Hot Water Challenge Results in Second Degree Burns For One Teen," 30 July 2018 When officers arrived at the scene, the 14-year-old had third-degree burns to his torso and one of his arms, according to WTKR. Khushbu Shah, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Allegedly Lit Another Teen on Fire During a Dispute Over Lighting a Grill," 21 Aug. 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 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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