from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition of the foot resembling frostbite, caused by prolonged exposure to cold and dampness and often affecting soldiers in trenches.

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  • n. A medical condition which can affect the feet when they are constantly cold and wet. Similar to, but not the same as frostbite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. resembling frostbite but without freezing; resulting from exposure to cold and wet


From its occurrence among soldiers in trenches.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • When I closed my eyes against the coldness of the water, I saw faces from my platoon, kids who had been out too long, their legs pocked with jungle ulcers, the smell of trench foot rising from their socks, scared shitless of night-trail toe-poppers and booby-trapped 105’s, nobody in touch with who they used to be.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce


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