from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Grown abnormally into the flesh.
  • adjective Innate or inveterate.
  • adjective Having the attention focused inward; having little exchange with others; insular.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Grown from within; innate: as, “Art with Language lived ingrown,”
  • Grown inward: as, an ingrown nail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having grown or appearing to grow into some other substance, especially a fingernail or toenail growing into the adjacent flesh.
  • adjective a toenail whose edges have becoming imbedded in the adjacent flesh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That has grown inwards or abnormally towards (part of the body)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective growing abnormally into the flesh


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