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

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Shoes that fit poorly or lack support can be a recipe for blisters, ingrown toenails, or sore feet. Lauren Zumbach,, "That metal thing your parents used to measure your feet? It’s called a Brannock Device, and it’s increasingly rare.," 16 Aug. 2019 But the suit says Regence covers procedures such as eyelid lifts and facial bone reduction surgeries for reasons other than gender dysphoria, and those include ingrown eyelashes and to correct jaw deformities., "In rare lawsuit, Oregon transgender woman sues insurance companies to pay for facial surgery," 30 July 2019 Specifically, Claghorn suggests that customers stay away from retinoids and ingrown serums products. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Here's How to Make Your Spray Tan Last Even Longer," 17 July 2019 This version is formulated to even skin tone and minimize ingrown hairs, a perhaps more common leg issue. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "I Tried Nair’s New Hair-Removal Masks — Here’s What Happened," 15 July 2019 Speaking of ingrown hairs, don’t reach for that tweezer between waxes. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A Brazilian Wax," 21 May 2019 Talakoub likes the Cane + Austin Body Retexturing Body Pads before shaving and Tend Skin Lotion to reduce ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid Of Annoying Razor Bumps," 21 Feb. 2019 More blades translates to more unnecessary cutting, ingrown hairs, and irritation of the skin. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Are vaginal pimples and ingrown hairs the same thing? Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Is Vaginal Acne, and How Do You Treat It?," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of ingrown

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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