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[in-grohn] /ˈɪnˌgroʊn/
having grown into the flesh:
an ingrown toenail.
grown within or inward.
Origin of ingrown
First recorded in 1660-70; in-1 + grown Unabridged
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  • The man was small, ingrown and, as Brent Taber learned, somewhat stubborn.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • He not only puts a microscope to his eyes to know with, but his eyes have ingrown microscopes.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • They say that an ingrown nail is painful; an inpounded nail is worse.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • It is partly temperament, partly the ingrown habit of the pleader.

  • It had been his custom to keep his dogs inside the house, and therefore they had a thick layer of ingrown dirt in their coats.

  • He was a brooding, ingrown man, secretive and sullen, with a streak of wildness which he usually managed to control.

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • Excision of the cutting edge of the nail, as in radical operation of ingrown nail, eliminates only that element of discomfort.

  • In my ingrown heart I hate him so there is no danger for me, tho' I've heard that he's a perfect fusser with the women.

British Dictionary definitions for ingrown


/ˈɪnˌɡrəʊn; ɪnˈɡrəʊn/
(esp of a toenail) grown abnormally into the flesh; covered by adjacent tissues
grown within; native; innate
excessively concerned with oneself, one's own particular group, etc
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Word Origin and History for ingrown

1660s, "native, innate," from in + grown. Of nails, "that has grown into the flesh," 1878.

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ingrown in Medicine

ingrown in·grown (ĭn'grōn')
Grown abnormally into the flesh.

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