- The definition of a scald is an injury caused by burning with hot steam or liquid.
An example of a scald is a wound from the steam of a tea kettle.
- Scald is defined as to burn with hot steam or liquid, to heat liquid almost to the point of boiling, or to harshly criticize.
An example of scald is to pour boiling water on your hand.
Contact with this steam would scald you.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to burn or injure with hot liquid or steam
- to heat almost to the boiling point
- to use boiling liquid on; specif.,
- to sterilize by the use of boiling liquid
- to loosen the skin of (fruit, etc.), the feathers of (poultry), or the like, by the use of boiling water
Origin: Middle English scalden from Norman French escalder, for Old French eschalder from Late Latin excaldare, to wash inch(es) warm water from Classical Latin ex-, intensive plush calidus, hot, akin to calere, to be warm: see calorie
- a burn or injury caused by scalding
- the act or an instance of scalding
- scaldic adjective
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verb scald·ed, scald·ing, scalds verb, transitive
- To burn with or as if with hot liquid or steam.
- To subject to or treat with boiling water: scalded the hide to remove the hair; scalded and peeled the tomatoes.
- To heat (a liquid, such as milk) almost to the boiling point.
- To criticize harshly; excoriate.
- A body injury caused by scalding.
- Botany a. A superficial discoloration on fruit, vegetables, leaves, or tree trunks caused by sudden exposure to intense sunlight or the action of gases.b. A disease of some cereal grasses caused by a fungus of the genus Rhynchosporium.
Origin: Middle English scalden, from Old North French escalder, from Late Latin excaldāre, to wash in hot water : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin calidus, caldus, warm, hot; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
scald - Medical Definition