whitlow

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noun whit·low \ˈhwit-(ˌ)lō, ˈwit-\

Definition of whitlow

  1. 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. 2 :  1felon 3

Origin and Etymology of whitlow

Middle English whitflawe, whitflowe, whitlowe


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

whitlow

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noun whit·low \ˈhwit-(ˌ)lō, ˈwit-\

Medical Definition of whitlow

  1. 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. 2:  felon


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