[ hang-neyl ]
/ ˈhæŋˌneɪl /
a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail.
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But it did matter to me that I had to dine on this hangnail pared from a sheep.Eating in Two or Three Languages|Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for hangnail
/ (ˈhæŋˌneɪl) /
a piece of skin torn away from, but still attached to, the base or side of a fingernail
Word Origin for hangnail
C17: from Old English angnægl, from enge tight + nægl nail; influenced by hang
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Medical definitions for hangnail
[ hăng′nāl′ ]
A small piece of dead skin at the side or the base of a fingernail that is partly detached from the rest of the skin.
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