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whitlow

[hwit-loh, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt loʊ, ˈwɪt-/
noun
1.
an inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, especially of the terminal phalanx, usually producing suppuration.
Also called felon.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English whit(f)lowe, whitflawe. See white, flaw1
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British Dictionary definitions for whitlow

whitlow

/ˈwɪtləʊ/
noun
1.
any pussy inflammation of the end of a finger or toe
Word Origin
C14: changed from whitflaw, from white + flaw1
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Word Origin and History for whitlow
n.

"inflammation on a finger or toe," mid-15c., alteration of whitflaw (c.1400), from flaw, with first element possibly from Dutch vijt or Low German fit "abscess."

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whitlow in Medicine

whitlow whit·low (wĭt'lō')
n.
See felon.

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