paronychia

[par-uh-nik-ee-uh]
noun Pathology.
inflammation of the folds of skin bordering a nail of a finger or toe, usually characterized by infection and pus formation; felon.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin parōnychia < Greek parōnychía whitlow, equivalent to par- par- + onych- (stem of ónyx) claw, nail + -ia -ia

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


par'o·nych'i·al adj.
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Paronychia is a bacterial or fungal infection where the nail and skin meet.
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