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1. One of the five elements balanced by acupuncture treatments according to acupuncture theory (the others are water, metal, earth, and wood).
2. In dentistry, the fusing of water and a powder containing kaolin, feldspar, and other substances to produce porcelain used in restorations and artificial teeth.




Public health A conflagration. See Residential fire, Superfire.


n one of the five phases, or elements, in Chinese cosmological and medical theory, the characteristic manifestations of which include empathy, expressiveness, extreme emotions, extroversion, and sociability.


1. In dentistry, the fusing of water and a powder containing kaolin, feldspar, and other substances to produce porcelain used in restorations and artificial teeth.
2. One of five elements balanced by acupuncture treatments (the others are water, metal, earth, and wood).


naked flame.

fire ant
Solenopsis invicta; bites can cause severe conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.
fire brand
see brand.
fire engine practice
see fire engine practice.
fire fish
members of the fish family Scorpaenidae, or scorpion fish which cause intense skin irritation.
fire injury
fire retardant
chemicals used to proof timber or fabric against fire. Many of these agents are poisonous. The best known are polybrominated and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Patient discussion about fire

Q. Does anyone have an issue with fire log? Every time my neighbors use fire log, I suffer. What can I do? I moved to the West Coast, and realized people burn a lot of fire logs here. I seem to have developed an allergy to it. Every winter, I suffer when neighbors use fire logs. I can not go around the whole neighborhood asking them not to use it. I am wondering if there's any patient advocacy to prohibit the usage of fire logs? I am sure there must be a lot of asthma patients who have the same problem with mine? If we regulate smoking, why can't we regulate fire logs?

A. I found some info like this.

I wish there's a regulation. If the healthcare cost is an issue for the government, they can reduce emergency visits due to asthma, by regulating fire logs.

Q. How do you tell the difference between chemical burns, and burns from fire? Please don't spare on gross words i would like to know everything there is to burns.

A. Here is a ton of info on both-

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Virtusio said several vessels owned by the firm were in the area when the ship caught fire and helped rescue passengers.
A firecracker factory in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta caught fire, leaving 27 workers dead and 35 others wounded, reported Xinhua quoting firefighter official as saying.
Van Driver claimed that van caught fire due to fault in electric wire, as the smell of fire grew severe he immediately insisted everyone to get out of the car.
The tank caught fire early Saturday morning in Huachen Energy Depot in Quantang Town in Pinghu City of Zhejiang.
Preliminary details suggest the boatAEs motor caught fire, the official said.
48am, the fire service received a call after a chip-pan caught fire at a house on Fraser Drive in Buckley, after it was left unattended.
Investigations revealed that a chip pan in the house next door had caught fire but had been put out by the owner before firefighters arrived.
A faulty fluorescent light fitting had caught fire.
A Nissan spokesman said: "The turbine which caught fire had been suffering from an oil leak and had been undergoing repairs earlier in the day.
Gridlocked traffic on the M6 had to be turned back down the hard shoulder between junctions 15 (Stoke) and 16 (Crewe) after the lorry, containing liquid carbon dioxide, caught fire just before 9pm after smashing through central reservation.
A PENSIONER receiving treatment for throat cancer was left with burns to his windpipe after surgical equipment caught fire during an operation to remove his voice box.
RESCUE services saved 1100 passengers last night after a cruise ship caught fire and sank off the coast of Malaysia.