ingrown

adjective in·grown \ ˈin-ˌgrōn \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

ingrownness

play \(ˌ)in-ˈgrōn-nəs\ noun

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First Known Use of ingrown

1670

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INGROWN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ingrown for English Language Learners

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


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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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