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bunion

[buhn-yuh n] /ˈbʌn yən/
noun, Podiatry.
1.
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
1710-1720
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
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bunion

/ˈbʌnjən/
noun
1.
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
n.

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)
n.
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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