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hammertoe

[ham-er-toh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a clawlike deformity of a toe, usually the second or third, in which there is a permanent flexion of the second and third joints.
  2. a toe having such a deformity.

Origin of hammertoe

First recorded in 1885–90; hammer + toe
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Examples from the Web for hammertoe

Historical Examples

  • In other cases the second toe may be crowded up as a hammertoe.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • The upward prominence of a toe (usually the second or third) in a rigid position, is known as hallux flexus or hammertoe.

  • The condition described as hammertoe may exist in several or in all of the toes, the great toe being least often involved.


British Dictionary definitions for hammertoe

hammertoe

noun
  1. a deformity of the bones of a toe causing the toe to be bent in a clawlike arch
  2. such a toe
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hammertoe in Medicine

hammertoe

n.
  1. A toe, usually the second, that is permanently flexed downward, resulting in a clawlike shape.
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