first-aid kit
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S: ARC – http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit/anatomy (last access: 4 November 2014); http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/firstaid_kit.html (last access: 6 August 2015).

N: 1. Compound term.

  • First: from Old English fyrst “foremost,” superlative of fore; from Proto-Germanic furisto-. Aid: from Old French aide, earlier aiudha “aid, help, assistance” (9c.), from Late Latin adjuta.
  • Kit: late 13c., “round wooden tub,” perhaps from Middle Dutch kitte “jug, tankard, wooden container,” of unknown origin. Meaning “collection of personal effects,” especially for traveling (originally in reference to a soldier), is from 1785; that of “outfit of tools for a workman” is from 1851. Of drum sets, by 1929. Meaning “article to be assembled by the buyer” is from 1930s.

2. A small box or bag with the things that you would need to treat someone if they were injured or suddenly became ill.

S: 1. OED (last access: 4 November 2014). 2. Mac Millan – http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/first-aid-kit (last access: 6 August 2015).

SYN: first-aid box

S: http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/faqs.htm (last access: 6 August 2015); COSNAUTAS (last access: 6 August 2015).

CR: medicine cabinet, pharmacy, pharmacy (2).