immersion foot

(redirected from Immersion syndrome)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Immersion syndrome: Dry drowning


1. the plunging of a body into a liquid.
2. the use of the microscope with the object and object glass both covered with a liquid.
3. a state of being deeply involved in something.
cultural immersion the process of becoming familiar with a culture by extensive questioning and by active participation in the life of the culture, a technique used in ethnographic research for gaining increased familiarity with language, sociocultural norms, traditions, and other social dimensions in a culture.
immersion foot a condition resembling trench foot occurring in persons who have spent long periods in water.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

im·mer·sion foot

a condition resulting from prolonged exposure to damp and cold; the extremity is initially cold and anesthetic, but on rewarming becomes hyperemic, paresthetic, and hyperhidrotic; recovery is often slow.
Synonym(s): trench foot
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

immersion foot

An affliction of sailors who wear cold and damp rubber sea boots for extended periods; the cold induces peripheral vasoconstriction and ischaemia, which, if severe, may require amputation.

Although it is common practice to consider immersion foot synonymous with trench foot, the foot is wetter for a longer period in the latter.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

immersion foot

A form of cold injury resulting from prolonged immersion in cold water. Long-term constriction of the blood vessels results in tissue damage from deprivation of oxygen and nutrition. Permanent loss of sensation and abnormal sensitivity to cold result. In the most severe cases GANGRENE occurs. Also known as trench foot.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005