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
ingrownnessplay \(ˌ)in-ˈgrōn-nəs\ noun
Recent Examples of ingrown from the Web
Dull razor blades and tight clothes (that’s right: Your skinny jeans may actually be causing your ingrown-pube misery).
Most women have a narrow heel and a wider forefoot, and a pointed toe or narrow toe box could cause bunions, hammer toe, ingrown nails and other problems.
Chances are a bump on your labia (the lips) or vulva (the skin around them) is just a pimple or an ingrown hair.
Razor burn, ingrown hairs, and jock itch are common ones.
Texas is a major battlefield in the fight, thanks to its southern border, its politics and the ingrown independence and irascibility of the people who live there.
Popping videos — including but hardly limited to the viral footage of a man pulling a mile-long ingrown hair out of his face — are maybe the Internet's worst trend.
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First Known Use of ingrown
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Definition of ingrown for English Language Learners
: having a tip or edge that has grown back into the flesh
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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