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[in-groh-ing] /ˈɪnˌgroʊ ɪŋ/
growing into the flesh:
an ingrowing nail.
growing within or inward.
Origin of ingrowing
1865-70; in-1 + growing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You'll never know in this oversized, ingrowing, fenced-off, insulated metropolis till some one writes and tells you.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • At last he died before his time—killed off by an ingrowing rhyme.

    Rippling Rhymes Walt Mason
  • Carl by no means catalogued all the details, but he did get the effect of ingrowing propriety.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • They do cure thousands of people of fear and of "ingrowing thoughts."

    Civics and Health William H. Allen
  • She had said to him over and over that it was an open question, that he was troubled with an ingrowing conscience.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • Culture without action is an ingrowing disease which first debilitates and then dissolves the will to live.

    The Women of Tomorrow William Hard
  • Something ought to be done for that ingrowing modesty of yours!

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • The town of Wakefield was—is—suffering from growing pains—from ingrowing pains, according to its rival, Gatesville.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Now winter was a dull inaction, a period of discontent, in which thought gnawed at him like an ingrowing toenail.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Foot-ball produces what may be called the endogenous or ingrowing toenail, stringhalt and mania.

    A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
British Dictionary definitions for ingrowing


(esp of a toenail) growing abnormally into the flesh
growing within or into
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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ingrowing in Medicine

ingrowing in·grow·ing (ĭn'grō'ĭng)
Growing inward or into a part of the body, especially into the flesh.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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