[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.

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

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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