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[buhn-yuh n] /ˈbʌn yən/
noun, Podiatry.
inflammation of the synovial bursa of the great toe, usually resulting in enlargement of the joint and lateral displacement of the toe.
Origin of bunion
late Middle English
1710-20; perhaps alteration of bunny (obsolete) lump, swelling, late Middle English bony, probably alteration of Old French buigne, buyne (French beigne) swelling, of Germanic orig.; cf. beignet Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bunion
  • People with bunions often develop a callus over the bunion because it rubs against the shoe.
  • The risk is increased when the toes are already crowded by the pressure of a bunion.
  • Even direct impressions are painted over with gilding, as if to perfect their shape, eliminate evidence of the unsightly bunion.
  • After having a bunion surgery, patients are given a pain medicine injection that may last for up to several days or a placebo.
  • The examiner recommended bunion pads and shoe modifications.
  • She was treated with a bunion shield and arch cookies.
British Dictionary definitions for bunion


swelling of the first joint of the big toe, which is displaced to one side. An inflamed bursa forms over the joint
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from obsolete bunny a swelling, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bunion

1718, apparently from East Anglian dialectic bunny "lump, swelling" (16c.), which is probably from Middle French buigne "bump on the head, swelling from a blow" (see bun).

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bunion in Medicine

bunion bun·ion (bŭn'yən)
A localized swelling at either the medial or dorsal aspect of the first joint of the big toe, caused by an inflamed bursa.

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