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[par-uh-nik-ee-uh] /ˌpær əˈnɪk i ə/
noun, Pathology
inflammation of the folds of skin bordering a nail of a finger or toe, usually characterized by infection and pus formation; felon.
1590-1600; < Latin parōnychia < Greek parōnychía whitlow, equivalent to par- par- + onych- (stem of ónyx) claw, nail + -ia -ia
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paronychial, adjective Unabridged
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  • paronychia is a bacterial or fungal infection where the nail and skin meet.
Word Origin and History for paronychia

inflammation beside a fingernail, 1590s, from Latin, from Greek paronykhia "whitlow," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + onyx "nail" (see nail (n.)).

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paronychia in Medicine

paronychia par·o·nych·i·a (pār'ə-nĭk'ē-ə)
Inflammation of the tissue surrounding a nail.

par'o·nych'i·al adj.
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