from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inflammation of the tissue surrounding a fingernail or toenail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An infection under the cuticle of a fingernail or toenail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whitlow, or felon{3}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inflammation about the nail; whitlow.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL. (A. L. de Jussieu, 1815).] A genus of apetalous plants of the order Illecebraceæ, type of the tribe Paronychieæ, known by the involucrate calyx of five hooded segments, each with a horn, point, or awn on the back.
  • n. Plural of paronychium.

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

  • n. low-growing annual or perennial herbs or woody plants; whitlowworts
  • n. infection in the tissues adjacent to a nail on a finger or toe


Latin parōnychia, from Greek parōnukhiā : para-, around; see para- + onux, onukh-, nail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin paronychia, plural of paronychium (Wiktionary)



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