whitlow

[hwit-loh, wit-]
See also felon2.

Origin of whitlow

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

noun
  1. 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
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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whitlow in Medicine

whitlow

[wĭtlō′]
n.
  1. felon
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