trench foot

noun

: a painful foot disorder resembling frostbite and resulting from prolonged exposure to cold and wet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And doctors at the Bakhmut hospital said hypothermia and trench foot, a painful skin condition caused by prolonged immersion in cold water, were common among Ukrainian forces, though treated quickly and often at the front line. Natalia Yermak Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2022 And doctors at the Bakhmut hospital said hypothermia and trench foot, a painful skin condition caused by prolonged immersion in cold water, were common among Ukrainian forces, though treated quickly and often at the front line. Natalia Yermak, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Nov. 2022 There are long spells of rain, so be sure to factor in drying time to avoid trench foot. Kristin Smith, Outside Online, 31 Aug. 2022 Soldiers suffered frostbite, fever and trench foot without proper gear, according to the National Park Service, which manages Aleutian World War II National Historic Area. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2022 The classic example is trench foot, which can have serious permanent consequences like gangrene. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 10 Feb. 2021 Walter Dworschak came down with trench foot after spending a night huddled in a creek hiding from opposing forces. Mark Woolsey, ajc, 6 Nov. 2021 While serving in the war, Powell developed trench foot. India Yarborough, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2020 It was used to produce nitroglycerin explosives, and also protected soldiers from trench foot. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trench foot was in 1915

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“Trench foot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trench%20foot. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

trench foot

noun
: a painful foot disorder resembling frostbite and resulting from exposure to cold and wet
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