Definitions for chilblainˈtʃɪl bleɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chil•blainˈtʃɪl bleɪn(n.)chilblains.

  1. an inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture.

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: Also called pernio.

Origin of chilblain:

1540–50; chill+blain


Princeton's WordNet

  1. chilblain, chilblains, pernio(noun)

    inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture


  1. chilblain(Noun)

    An itchy purple red inflammation of the skin, especially of the hands, feet and ears. It occurs when capillaries below the skin are damaged by exposure to cold weather.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chilblain(noun)

    a blain, sore, or inflammatory swelling, produced by exposure of the feet or hands to cold, and attended by itching, pain, and sometimes ulceration

  2. Chilblain(verb)

    to produce chilblains upon


  1. Chilblains

    Chilblains is a medical condition that occurs when a predisposed individual is exposed to cold and humidity, causing tissue damage. It is often confused with frostbite and trench foot. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn causes redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation. Chilblains can be prevented by keeping the feet and hands warm in cold weather. Chilblains can be idiopathic, but may also be a manifestation of a serious medical condition that needs to be investigated. A history of chilblains is suggestive of a connective tissue disease. Chilblains in infants, together with severe neurologic disease and unexplained fevers, can be seen in Aicardi–Goutières syndrome, a rare inherited condition.


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