paronychia

noun
par·​o·​nych·​ia | \ ˌper-ə-ˈni-kē-ə How to pronounce paronychia (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of paronychia

medical
: inflammation of the tissues adjacent to the nail of a finger or toe usually accompanied by infection and pus formation … chronic paronychia may be related to factors causing a localized inflammatory reaction. These factors may be frequent contact with chemicals, chronic dishwashing, finger sucking as well as the effects of certain medications.— J. Keith Festa Paronychia, a painful infection, can creep under the skin around your nails when the cuticle breaks down, so slather cream around fingertips, too.— Holly E. Thomas and Michelle Thomas

First Known Use of paronychia

1559, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paronychia

borrowed from Late Latin parōnychia "whitlow," going back to Latin parōnychium (usually in plural parōnychia) "whitlow," borrowed from Greek parōnychía, from par- para- entry 1 + onych-, ónyx "nail" + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at nail entry 1

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“Paronychia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paronychia. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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paronychia

noun
par·​o·​nych·​ia | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈnik-ē-ə How to pronounce paronychia (audio) \

Medical Definition of paronychia

: inflammation of the tissues adjacent to the nail of a finger or toe usually accompanied by infection and pus formation — compare felon, whitlow sense 1

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