[hwit-loh, wit-]
an inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, especially of the terminal phalanx, usually producing suppuration.
Also called felon.

1350–1400; Middle English whit(f)lowe, whitflawe. See white, flaw1

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whitlow (ˈwɪtləʊ)
any pussy inflammation of the end of a finger or toe
[C14: changed from whitflaw, from white + flaw1]

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Word Origin & History

"inflammation on a finger or toe," 1440, alteration of whitflaw (c.1400), from flaw, with first element possibly from Du. vijt or Low Ger. fit "abscess."
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whitlow whit·low (wĭt'lō')
See felon.

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