American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See felon2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A suppurative inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger, usually of the terminal phalanx; felon, panaritium, or paronychia.
- n. An inflammatory disease of the feet in sheep. It occurs around the hoof, where an acrid matter collects, which ought to be discharged.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) An inflammation of the fingers or toes, generally of the last phalanx, terminating usually in suppuration. The inflammation may occupy any seat between the skin and the bone, but is usually applied to a felon or inflammation of the periosteal structures of the bone.
- n. (Far.) An inflammatory disease of the feet. It occurs round the hoof, where an acrid matter is collected.
- n. a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail
- Alteration of Middle English whitflawe : perhaps alteration (influenced by white, white) of Middle Dutch vijt, abscess (variant of fijk, fijt, from Latin fīcus, fig, fig-shaped swelling, piles) + Middle English flaue, splinter, flaw; see flaw1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A so-called whitlow is a boil on the tip of a finger.”
“Ninnis suffered pain owing to a "whitlow" on one of his fingers.”
“The bottomline is that Nigerians want to know the truth, even if it is whitlow, the nation needs to know," he said.”
“As many as 30 different species grow, among them Alpine bartsia Bartsia alpina, Alpine bistort Polygonum viviparum, Unalaska fleabane Erigeron humilis and thick-leaved whitlow grass Draba crassifolia.”
“Then, in a distant Missionary way he asked them certain questions, — as why little Joe had that hole in his frill, who said, Pa, Flopson was going to mend it when she had time, — and how little Fanny came by that whitlow, who said,”
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“I cured a ringworm and lanced a whitlow under a thumbnail.”
“The truth is, we had read amiss, and the Queen had spelt amiss: the word was "Fellon," -- a sort of whitlow, -- not "Fellow.”
“He that says that the doctor's skill is wanted in the case of a slight skin-eruption or whitlow, but is not needed in the case of pleurisy, fever, or lunacy, in what respect does he differ from the man that says that schools and teaching and precepts are only for small and boyish duties, while great and important matters are to be left to mere routine and accident?”
“In common whitlow of the finger, how the arteries of the arm, the brachial in particular, throb, is well known.”
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