ingrown

adjective

in·​grown ˈin-ˌgrōn How to pronounce ingrown (audio)
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 bureaucraciesH. R. Cilley
ingrownness noun

Examples of ingrown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The glycolic and salicylic acid formula tackles everything from ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris to bacne and discoloration. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 17 June 2024 Well-paired with the best razors for women, Oui the People’s body serum works to resurface and quell ingrown hairs—all for a smooth shave and even smoother skin. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 June 2024 This casual cut continued to my father’s ingrown hair on his facial area. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 13 June 2024 While testing this dry brush, those ingrown hairs were non-existent. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 This means everything from irritation and infection to intimacy and ingrown hair. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 19 Mar. 2024 Our Select team spoke to experts about how ingrown hairs happen, how to get rid of them and the best products for prevention. Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 28 Aug. 2023 The brand’s resulting body care products, High Roller and Slather, both work to exfoliate and smooth the skin, targeting ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris (among other texture issues) respectively with ingredients like glycolic acid, willow bark extract, and retinol. Hannah Baxter, Allure, 5 Mar. 2024 There’s the Soft Serve After Shave Oil, which prevents razor burn and ingrown hairs with a blend of anti-inflammatory peptides to reduce redness and heal bumps, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and strawberry that’s naturally loaded with AHAs to exfoliate. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingrown. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ingrown

adjective
in·​grown ˈin-ˌgrōn How to pronounce ingrown (audio)
: grown in
especially : having the free tip or edge grown back into the flesh
an ingrown toenail

Medical Definition

ingrown

adjective
in·​grown ˈin-ˌgrōn How to pronounce ingrown (audio)
: grown in
specifically : having the normally free tip or edge embedded in the flesh
an ingrown toenail

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