noun Pathology.
  1. a clawlike deformity of a toe, usually the second or third, in which there is a permanent flexion of the second and third joints.
  2. a toe having such a deformity.

Origin of hammertoe

First recorded in 1885–90; hammer + toe
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British Dictionary definitions for hammertoe


  1. a deformity of the bones of a toe causing the toe to be bent in a clawlike arch
  2. such a toe
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hammertoe in Medicine


  1. A toe, usually the second, that is permanently flexed downward, resulting in a clawlike shape.
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