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whitlow

[ hwit-loh, wit- ]
/ ˈʰwɪt loʊ, ˈwɪt- /
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noun

an inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, especially of the terminal phalanx, usually producing suppuration.

Nearby words

whitish, whitlam, whitleather, whitley bay, whitley council, whitlow, whitlow grass, whitlowwort, whitman, whitman, marcus, whitman, walt
See also felon2.

Origin of whitlow

1350–1400; Middle English whit(f)lowe, whitflawe. See white, flaw1
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British Dictionary definitions for whitlow

whitlow

/ (ˈwɪtləʊ) /

noun

any pussy inflammation of the end of a finger or toe

Word Origin for whitlow

C14: changed from whitflaw, from white + flaw 1
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Word Origin and History for whitlow

whitlow


n.

"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."

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Medicine definitions for whitlow

whitlow

[ wĭtlō′ ]

n.

felon
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