A painful inflammation of the skin and underlying tissue, caused by exposure to cold and damp, typically affecting the extremities, such as the fingers, toes, ears and nose.
From old english cīle ("cold") + blǣdene ("swellin.g")
- She had a chilblain on her toe.
- The cold weather made him develop chilblains on his fingers.
- The chilblain was red and swollen.
- The chilblain was caused by exposure to cold and damp.
- He had to put a warm compress on the chilblain to ease the pain.