whitlow

noun

whit·​low ˈ(h)wit-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce whitlow (audio)
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
2

Word History

Etymology

Middle English whitflawe, whitflowe, whitlowe

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of whitlow was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Whitlow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitlow. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

whitlow

noun
whit·​low ˈhwit-ˌlō How to pronounce whitlow (audio)
ˈwit-
: a deep inflammation of a finger or toe usually with pus and located especially near the end or around the nail

Medical Definition

whitlow

noun
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
2
: felon
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