- inflammation of the synovial bursa of the great toe, usually resulting in enlargement of the joint and lateral displacement of the toe.
Origin of bunion
1710–20; perhaps alteration of bunny (obsolete) lump, swelling, late Middle English bony, probably alteration of Old French buigne, buyne (French beigne) swelling, of Germanic orig.; cf. beignet
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Bunion, bun′yun, n. a lump or inflamed swelling on the ball of the great toe.
- swelling of the first joint of the big toe, which is displaced to one side. An inflamed bursa forms over the joint
C18: perhaps from obsolete bunny a swelling, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bunion
1718, apparently from East Anglian dialectic bunny "lump, swelling" (16c.), which is probably from Middle French buigne "bump on the head, swelling from a blow" (see bun).
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- A localized swelling at either the medial or dorsal aspect of the first joint of the big toe, caused by an inflamed bursa.
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