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sting

 [sting]
1. injury caused by a poisonous substance produced by an animal or plant (biotoxin) and introduced into or onto an individual, together with mechanical trauma incident to such introduction.
2. the organ used to inflict such injury.
bee sting see bee sting.
insect sting see insect bites and stings.

sting

(sting),
1. Sharp momentary pain, most commonly produced by the puncture of the skin by many species of arthropods, including hexapods, myriapods, and arachnids; can also be produced by jellyfish, sea urchins, sponges, mollusks, and several species of venomous fish, such as the stingray, toadfish, rabbitfish, and catfish.
2. The venom apparatus of a stinging animal, consisting of a chitinous spicule or bony spine and a venom gland or sac.
3. To introduce (or the process of introducing) a venom by stinging.
[O.E. stingan]

sting

(sting)
1. injury due to a biotoxin introduced into an individual or with which he comes in contact, together with the mechanical trauma incident to its introduction.
2. the organ used to inflict such injury.

sting

(stĭng)
v. stung (stŭng), stinging, stings
v.tr.
1. To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
2. To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain: smoke stinging our eyes.
v.intr.
1. To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ: Do all bees sting?
2. To cause a sharp, smarting pain: The needle will sting a little.
n.
1. The act of stinging.
2. The wound or pain caused by stinging.
3. A sharp, piercing organ or part, often ejecting a venomous secretion, as the modified ovipositor of a bee or wasp or the spine of certain fishes.

sting′ing·ly adv.

sting

Etymology: AS, stingan
an injury caused by a sharp, painful penetration of the skin, often accompanied by exposure to an irritating chemical or the venom of an insect or other animal. In cases of hypersensitivity, a highly venomous sting, or multiple stings, anaphylactic shock may occur. Kinds of stings include bee, jellyfish, scorpion, sea urchin, and shellfish stings. See also stingray, wasp.

sting

Medtalk The injury caused by an injected venom from a plant or animal. See Hymenopteran sting, Scorpion sting, Wasp sting.

sting

(sting)
1. Sharp momentary pain, most commonly produced by puncture of the skin by many species of arthropods, including hexapods, myriapods, and arachnids; can also be produced by jellyfish, sea urchins, sponges, mollusks, and several species of venomous fish, such as the stingray, toadfish, rabbitfish, and catfish.
See also: bites
2. The venom apparatus of a stinging animal, consisting of a chitinous spicule or bony spine and a venom gland or sac.
3. To introduce (or the process of introducing) a venom by stinging.

sting

an organ present in many different animal groups that is capable of injecting a poison into other organisms as either a defensive or an offensive mechanism. Examples include the modified ovipositor in HYMENOPTERA, cnidoblasts in coelenterata, the tail in scorpion.

sting

(sting)
Sharp momentary pain, most commonly produced by puncture of the skin by arthropods, including hexapods, myriapods, and arachnids; can also be produced by jellyfish, sea urchins, sponges, mollusks, and several species of venomous fish, such as the stingray, toadfish, rabbitfish, and catfish.

sting,

n an injury caused by a sharp, painful penetration of the skin, often accompanied by exposure to an irritating chemical or the venom of an insect or other animal. Can also be considered a prick.

sting

1. injury caused by a poisonous substance produced by an animal or plant (biotoxin) and introduced into a patient which it contacts, together with mechanical trauma incident to its introduction. See also insect bites and stings.
2. the organ used to inflict such injury.
3. the illicit prerace administration of a stimulant to a horse with the object of improving its performance.

Patient discussion about sting

Q. How to treat a bee sting? We went on a picnic today and my son was stung by a bee. How to treat it?

A. if your son is allergic to bees venom- you need to inject epinephrine very fast and take him to the nearest hospital. but if his not allergic- nothing. if the bee left it's sting try removing it with flicking motion of the fingers, not by grabbing it- this will inject any venom that didn't enter right inside. and calm the kid down and tell him it's not the end of the world. the bee probably though he is a flower and tasted like nectar.

Q. Does a bee allergy always lead to a state of life risk when being stinged? And how is it possible to avoid bees when allergic?

A. Thanks bianca!! I hate bees and actually really afraid to get stinged...

Q. what do i do first if i got stung by a bee? and i am allergic ... :)

A. People who are known to be severely allergic to bee sting usually carry on themselves an adrenaline injection (called epipen etc.), which should be given in order to prevent serious complications of the allergic reaction (like blockage of air flow to the lungs and shock), and then seek medical attention.

However, these measures are prescribed by a doctor, so if you have any questions regarding this subject, you should consult one (e.g. immunologist).

You may read more here:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anaphylaxis/DS00009

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References in classic literature ?
But nothing seemed to please Roderick better than to lay hold of a person infected with jealousy, which he represented as an enormous green reptile, with an ice-cold length of body, and the sharpest sting of any snake save one.
The wasp at first aimed in vain repeated thrusts with its sting at its little antagonist.
And may we be so bold as to affirm that there are also many criminals to be found in them, rogues who have stings, and whom the authorities are careful to restrain by force?
Peckham have shown that the sting of the wasp is NOT UNERRING, as Fabre alleges, that the number of stings is NOT CONSTANT, that sometimes the caterpillar is NOT PARALYZED, and sometimes it is KILLED OUTRIGHT, and that THE DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT APPARENTLY MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO THE LARVA, which is not injured by slight movements of the caterpillar, nor by consuming food decomposed rather than fresh caterpillar.
Blasted as thou wert, my agony was still superior to thine, for the bitter sting of remorse will not cease to rankle in my wounds until death shall close them forever.
Nutty, making this discovery, had emitted one wild yell, dropped the frame, and started at full speed for the house, his retreat expedited by repeated stings from the nervous bees.
Insufferable sting, that sanity should ground arms on such a field
You who have tails just whisk the flies off without thinking about it, and you can't tell what a torment it is to have them settle upon you and sting and sting, and have nothing in the world to lash them off with.
As I was picking up a skin that lay upon the ground, I was stung by a serpent that left his sting in my finger; I at least picked an extraneous substance about the bigness of a hair out of the wound, which I imagined was the sting.
The tact and skill which suffice to avert a Woman's sting are unequal to the task of stopping a Woman's mouth; and as the wife has absolutely nothing to say, and absolutely no constraint of wit, sense, or conscience to prevent her from saying it, not a few cynics have been found to aver that they prefer the danger of the death-dealing but inaudible sting to the safe sonorousness of a Woman's other end.
But the willow-wren sent down the hornet, with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail, and sting with all his might.
Frightful jaws in front and mighty, poisoned sting behind made my relatively puny long-sword seem a pitiful weapon of defense indeed.