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

Other Words from ingrown

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

Examples of ingrown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their weekly housecleaner stops coming in and Paulette must wrestle with the unfamiliar vacuum cleaner; Howard is debilitated by an ingrown toenail., 2 Sep. 2021 Some even lauded it for preventing annoying ingrown hairs after shaving. Tamim Alnuweiri,, 27 Oct. 2021 Both can cause things like ingrown hairs and inflamed hair follicles, which will only add to your discomfort during a flare. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 26 Oct. 2021 Luckily, ingrown hairs usually go away without treatment. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 12 Oct. 2021 Talakoub also likes Tend Skin Lotion for reducing ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Apr. 2021 However, many male customers have found that the oils and especially this ingrown treatment product works amazingly well on facial hair too. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, 5 Mar. 2021 One layer right after waxing can assure bumps and ingrown hairs don't even appear. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, 30 July 2021 And, in lieu of expensive, in-office lasering, the Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment is a one-step exfoliator that can tackle common concerns, such as keratosis pilaris (small bumps caused by keratin buildup), body acne, and ingrown hairs. Sarah Han, Allure, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of ingrown

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ingrown was in 1670

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“Ingrown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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