bunion

[buhn-yuh n]
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noun Podiatry.
  1. 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

noun
  1. swelling of the first joint of the big toe, which is displaced to one side. An inflamed bursa forms over the joint

Word Origin for bunion

C18: perhaps from obsolete bunny a swelling, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bunion
n.

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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bunion in Medicine

bunion

[bŭnyən]
n.
  1. 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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