whitlow

noun
whit·​low | \ ˈ(h)wit-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce whitlow (audio) \

Definition of whitlow

1 : an infection of the finger and especially the fingertip that is typically caused by infection of a virus (such as the herpes simplex virus) and is marked by redness, tenderness, and fluid-filled blisters

First Known Use of whitlow

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whitlow

Middle English whitflawe, whitflowe, whitlowe

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“Whitlow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitlow. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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whitlow

noun
whit·​low | \ ˈhwit-(ˌ)lō, ˈwit- How to pronounce whitlow (audio) \

Medical Definition of whitlow

1 : an infection of the finger and especially the fingertip that is typically caused by infection of a virus (as the herpes simplex virus) and is marked by redness, tenderness, and fluid-filled blisters It is important to distinguish herpetic whitlow from bacterial felon or paronychia, as herpetic whitlow is a self-limited infection for which surgical incision is not indicated. — H. M. Feder, Jr. and S. S. Long, American Journal of Diseases of Children, September 1983
2 : felon

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