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;Related formspar·o·nych·i·al, adjective
< Latin parōnychia
< Greek parōnychía
whitlow, equivalent to par- par-
(stem of ónyx
) claw, nail + -ia -ia
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Word Origin and History for paronychia
inflammation beside a fingernail, 1590s, from Latin, from Greek paronykhia "whitlow," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + onyx "nail" (see nail (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Related formspar′o•nych′i•al adj.
Inflammation of the tissue surrounding a nail.
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