[uhng-gwuh l]

Origin of ungual

1825–35; < Latin ungu(is) a nail, claw, hoof (akin to Greek ónyx) + -al1
Related formssub·un·gual, adjective
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ungular (ˈʌŋɡjʊlə)

  1. of, relating to, or affecting the fingernails or toenails
  2. of or relating to an unguis

Word Origin for ungual

C19: from Latin unguis nail, claw
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Word Origin and History for ungual

"pertaining to a nail or claw," 1834, from Latin unguis "a claw, nail" (cognate with Greek onyx, Old English nægel, Old Norse nagl "nail;" see nail (n.)).

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ungual in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to fingernails or toenails.
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