in·​grown | \ ˈin-ˌgrōn How to pronounce ingrown (audio) \

Definition of ingrown

1 : grown in specifically : having the free tip or edge embedded in the flesh an ingrown toenail
2 : having the direction of growth or activity or interest inward rather than outward swarms of ingrown, infighting bureaucracies— H. R. Cilley

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ingrownness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈgrōn-​nəs How to pronounce ingrownness (audio) \ noun

Examples of ingrown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The probiotics help keep skin clear and free of ingrown hair, while ginger extract and red seaweed helps reduce redness and soothe irritation. Lauren Caruso, CNN Underscored, "The best face moisturizers, according to dermatologists," 28 Oct. 2020 Use a straight nail clipper to create a neat line and avoid ingrown toenails, says Rita Remark, global lead educator for Essie. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to DIY a Spa-Worthy Pedicure at Home," 8 June 2020 Its formulations made with jojoba and other essential oils help to prevent ingrown hairs, target dark spots and relieve the burn from razor rash. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "7 Canadian brands leading the natural skin care trend," 3 Nov. 2020 Some of its content mirrors that of old-school teen magazines with tips on how to lose weight and prevent ingrown hairs. New York Times, "Egyptian Teen Seeks Justice in Rape Case, and a Battle Erupts Over Women’s Rights," 30 Oct. 2020 Since its 2015 debut, the brand has expanded its body care offerings to include bath soaks, a hydrating body gloss, as well as ingrown hair toners and sheet masks for the bikini line. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "The 43 Black-Owned Beauty Brands We'll Never Stop Talking About," 28 Oct. 2020 Nourishing strands all over is essential for preventing ingrown hairs and keeping everything silky smooth, and that's where Fur Oil can help. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "45 weird but practical gifts people will actually use," 21 Oct. 2020 After a series of minor surgeries for ingrown toenails, Moore ended up with more than 400 pain pills in his medicine cabinet. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Making guitars saved a man from opioid addiction. Now others are getting the same help," 18 Sep. 2020 But for every method, there'd the great equalizer: the ultimate smoothness saboteur, ingrown hairs. Marci Robin, Allure, "How to Get a Smooth Bikini Line With Any Kind of Hair-Removal," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of ingrown

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ingrown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ingrown

: having a tip or edge that has grown back into the flesh


in·​grown | \ ˈin-ˌgrōn How to pronounce ingrown (audio) \

Medical Definition of ingrown

: grown in specifically : having the normally free tip or edge embedded in the flesh an ingrown toenail

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