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[in-groh-ing] /ˈɪnˌgroʊ ɪŋ/
growing into the flesh:
an ingrowing nail.
growing within or inward.
Origin of ingrowing
First recorded in 1865-70; in-1 + growing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At last he died before his time—killed off by an ingrowing rhyme.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason
  • They do cure thousands of people of fear and of "ingrowing thoughts."

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • Something ought to be done for that ingrowing modesty of yours!

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • These made for a sullen, ingrowing rage as the day grew older.

    The Sheriff's Son

    William MacLeod Raine
  • He was suffering from mortification, which is a sort of ingrowing anger, and the more it sunk in, the angrier he got.

  • Culture without action is an ingrowing disease which first debilitates and then dissolves the will to live.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • It is the spirit of independence gone wrong—turned against itself—pushed in a painful direction, like an ingrowing toe-nail.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • You'll never know in this oversized, ingrowing, fenced-off, insulated metropolis till some one writes and tells you.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • The town of Wakefield was—is—suffering from growing pains—from ingrowing pains, according to its rival, Gatesville.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • You think yourself a tough old bivalve, but the most serious complaint you suffer from is ingrowing sensitiveness.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for ingrowing


(esp of a toenail) growing abnormally into the flesh
growing within or into
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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ingrowing in Medicine

ingrowing in·grow·ing (ĭn'grō'ĭng)
Growing inward or into a part of the body, especially into the flesh.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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