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[uhng-gwuh l]
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  1. of, pertaining to, bearing, or shaped like a nail, claw, or hoof.

Origin of ungual

1825–35; < Latin ungu(is) a nail, claw, hoof (akin to Greek ónyx) + -al1
Related formssub·un·gual, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ungual

Historical Examples

  • This count includes the distal or claw joints (ungual joints).

    The Wild Turkey and Its Hunting

    Edward A. McIlhenny

  • The ungual phalanges are also large and are cleft at their extremities.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The ungual phalanx progressively decreases in size from the first to the fourth.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The terminal or ungual phalanges of the digits are commonly specially modified to support nails, claws, or hoofs.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • With some of the ungual phalanges there are also well-preserved examples of the epidermal sheath.

British Dictionary definitions for ungual


ungular (ˈʌŋɡjʊlə)

  1. of, relating to, or affecting the fingernails or toenails
  2. of or relating to an unguis

Word Origin

C19: from Latin unguis nail, claw
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Word Origin and History for ungual


"pertaining to a nail or claw," 1834, from Latin unguis "a claw, nail" (cognate with Greek onyx, Old English nægel, Old Norse nagl "nail;" see nail (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ungual in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to fingernails or toenails.
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