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ungual

[uhng-gwuh l] /ˈʌŋ gwəl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, bearing, or shaped like a nail, claw, or hoof.
Origin of ungual
1825-1835
1825-35; < Latin ungu(is) a nail, claw, hoof (akin to Greek ónyx) + -al1
Related forms
subungual, adjective
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  • The ungual phalanx progressively decreases in size from the first to the fourth.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The ungual phalanges are also large and are cleft at their extremities.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • This count includes the distal or claw joints (ungual joints).

    The Wild Turkey and Its Hunting Edward A. McIlhenny
  • The terminal or ungual phalanges of the digits are commonly specially modified to support nails, claws, or hoofs.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • With some of the ungual phalanges there are also well-preserved examples of the epidermal sheath.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
British Dictionary definitions for ungual

ungual

/ˈʌŋɡwəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or affecting the fingernails or toenails
2.
of or relating to an unguis
Word Origin
C19: from Latin unguis nail, claw
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Word Origin and History for ungual
adj.

"pertaining to a nail or claw," 1834, from Latin unguis "a claw, nail" (cognate with Greek onyx, Old English nægel, Old Norse nagl "nail;" see nail (n.)).

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ungual in Medicine

ungual un·gual (ŭng'gwəl)
adj.
Of or relating to fingernails or toenails.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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