- an inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, especially of the terminal phalanx, usually producing suppuration.
Origin of whitlow
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Historical Examples of whitlow
Paul, you land a couple of blows on Whitlow and then follow Alice.The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays
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A felon or Whitlow is a more extensive and a more serious condition.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
Mr. Whitlow rents a gin, but will own one of his own this year.
Whitlow half-expected him to remove his hat, but he did not.
"That's fortunate," said Whitlow, munching desultorily at his sandwich.
- any pussy inflammation of the end of a finger or toe
Word Origin for whitlow
"inflammation on a finger or toe," mid-15c., alteration of whitflaw (c.1400), from flaw, with first element possibly from Dutch vijt or Low German fit "abscess."