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hangnail

noun hang·nail \-ˌnāl\

: a small piece of skin hanging loose at the side or bottom of a fingernail

Full Definition of HANGNAIL

:  a bit of skin hanging loose at the side or root of a fingernail

Origin of HANGNAIL

by folk etymology from agnail inflammation about the nail, from Middle English, corn on the foot or toe, from Old English angnægl, from ang- (akin to enge tight, painful) + nægl nail — more at anger
First Known Use: 1678

hangnail

noun hang·nail \ˈhaŋ-ˌnāl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HANGNAIL

:  a bit of skin hanging loose at the side or root of a fingernail

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