Definition of whitlow
: a deep usually suppurative inflammation of the finger or toe especially near the end or around the nail —called also felon
Origin of whitlow
Middle English whitflawe, whitflowe, whitlowe
First Known Use: 14th century
Medical Definition of whitlow
1: an infection of the finger and especially the fingertip that is typically caused by infection of a virus (as the herpes simplex virus) and is marked by redness, tenderness, and fluid-filled blisters <It is important to distinguish herpetic whitlow from bacterial felon or paronychia, as herpetic whitlow is a self-limited infection for which surgical incision is not indicated.—H. M. Feder, Jr. and S. S. Long, American Journal of Diseases of Children, September 1983>
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