growing into the flesh: an ingrowing nail.
growing within or inward.

Origin of ingrowing

First recorded in 1865–70; in-1 + growing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ingrowing

Historical Examples of ingrowing

  • At last he died before his time—killed off by an ingrowing rhyme.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason

  • They do cure thousands of people of fear and of "ingrowing thoughts."

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • Something ought to be done for that ingrowing modesty of yours!

    The Gringos

    B. M. Bower

  • These made for a sullen, ingrowing rage as the day grew older.

    The Sheriff's Son

    William MacLeod Raine

  • He was suffering from mortification, which is a sort of ingrowing anger, and the more it sunk in, the angrier he got.

British Dictionary definitions for ingrowing



(esp of a toenail) growing abnormally into the flesh
growing within or into
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ingrowing in Medicine




Growing inward or into a part of the body, especially into the flesh.
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