trench foot


Definition of trench foot

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

Examples of trench foot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The waterproof Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining within the full-grain leather upper protects you from trench foot. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 5 Feb. 2020 Slavet avoided trench foot, which could have led to gangrene and amputation, thanks to the thick socks his mother had knitted him back in Dorchester., 6 Dec. 2019 Hear from our patient Karl about his experience contracting trench foot and the importance of donating socks to #SoxforSocks. Chris Triunfo,, 9 Aug. 2019 Well, the thing with trench feet is it’s basically gangrene. Eric Johnson, Recode, 15 Dec. 2018 Homeless people, especially the chronically homeless, experience health problems as disparate as tooth infections and eye problems, trench foot, and body lice up through infectious diseases like tuberculosis and hepatitis A. Adam Rogers, WIRED, 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of trench foot

1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Trench foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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Medical Definition of trench foot

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


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