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full thickness burn

full thick·ness burn

/fo͝ol ˈTHiknəs bərn/

Noun

A burn that consumes all layers of the skin. When the skin either takes on a dry, white appearance and appears thick and leather like or turns black looks charred, it is a third degree burn. When a full thickness burn involves the subcutaneous layer, muscle tissue, bones and organs, it is a fourth degree burn.