ingrown

adjective
in·​grown | \ˈin-ˌgrōn \

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 \ noun

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On a less sensual yet equally as important note, body scrubs help to keep ingrown hairs at bay. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "The 15 Best Body Scrubs and Exfoliators for Dry Skin," 11 Sep. 2018 Irish YouTuber Jessie B plans to shave, and in a viral video, she's explained how to do so without causing ingrown hairs to occur. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Beauty Vlogger Jessie B Uses Olive Oil to Shave Her Bikini Line, But Is It Safe?," 12 June 2018 Seri was linked with a move to Catalonia to join Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona however, the move fell through and subsequently reports emerged of Seri struggling to play and train in the cold due to ingrown toenails. SI.com, "Jean-Michael Seri's Agent Discusses Nice Star's Future Amid Chelsea and Arsenal Links," 24 May 2018 It has not been confirmed what caused the infection, but Reddick has narrowed it down to either a spider bite or ingrown hair. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Josh Reddick remains out of Astros' lineup," 19 May 2018 Doctors believe Reyes contracted the bacteria through an open wound from an ingrown toenail. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "He thought it was just a blister, but it ended with his foot being amputated," 5 Mar. 2018 Doctors believe Reyes contracted the bacteria through an open wound from an ingrown toenail. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "He thought it was just a blister, but it ended with his foot being amputated," 5 Mar. 2018 Doctors believe Reyes contracted the bacteria through an open wound from an ingrown toenail. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "He thought it was just a blister, but it ended with his foot being amputated," 5 Mar. 2018 Pricier ones that come with multiple blades are more likely to cause ingrown hairs, since each additional blade cuts hair farther beneath the surface of the skin. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "10 Eye-Opening Facts You Actually Didn’t Know About Vaginas, Sex, Orgasms, and More," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ingrown

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ingrown

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ingrown

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

ingrown

adjective
in·​grown | \ˈin-ˌgrōn \

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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