paronychia

[ par-uh-nik-ee-uh ]
/ ˌpær əˈnɪk i ə /

noun Pathology.

inflammation of the folds of skin bordering a nail of a finger or toe, usually characterized by infection and pus formation; felon.

Origin of paronychia

1590–1600; < Latin parōnychia < Greek parōnychía whitlow, equivalent to par- par- + onych- (stem of ónyx) claw, nail + -ia -ia

Related forms

par·o·nych·i·al, adjective
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paronychia

[ păr′ə-nĭkē-ə ]

n.

Inflammation of the tissue surrounding a nail.

Related forms

par′o•nychi•al adj.
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