Whitlow Whit"low, n. [Prov. E. whickflaw, for quickflaw, i. e., a flaw or sore at the quick; cf. Icel. kvika the quick under the nail or under a horse's hoof. See {Quick}, a., and {Flaw}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Med.) An inflammation of the fingers or toes, generally of the last phalanx, terminating usually in suppuration. The inflammation may occupy any seat between the skin and the bone, but is usually applied to a felon or inflammation of the periosteal structures of the bone. [1913 Webster]

2. (Far.) An inflammatory disease of the feet. It occurs round the hoof, where an acrid matter is collected. [1913 Webster]

{Whitlow grass} (Bot.), name given to several inconspicuous herbs, which were thought to be a cure for the whitlow, as {Saxifraga tridactylites}, {Draba verna}, and several species of {Paronychia}. [1913 Webster]

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  • whitlow — (n.) inflammation on a finger or toe, mid 15c., alteration of whitflaw (c.1400), from FLAW (Cf. flaw), with first element possibly from Du. vijt or Low Ger. fit abscess …   Etymology dictionary

  • whitlow — [hwit′lō, wit′lō] n. [ME whitflowe, whitflawe: orig. uncert.; ? akin to WHITE & FLAW1] FELON2 …   English World dictionary

  • Whitlow — Recorded as Whitlow and Whitloe, this is an English locational surname. It originates from the village of Whitlow in the county of Northumberland. The village is first recorded in the year 1272 as Witloe , from the pre 7th century Olde English… …   Surnames reference

  • whitlow — [ wɪtləʊ] noun an abscess in the soft tissue near a fingernail or toenail. Origin ME (also as whitflaw, flow), appar. from white + flaw1 in the sense crack , but perh. related to Du. fijt whitlow …   English new terms dictionary

  • whitlow — n. an inflammation near a fingernail or toenail. Etymology: ME whitflaw, flow, app. = WHITE + FLAW(1) in the sense crack , but perh. of LG orig.: cf. Du. fijt, LG fit whitlow …   Useful english dictionary

  • whitlow — noun Etymology: Middle English whitflawe, whitflowe, whitlowe Date: 14th century a deep usually suppurative inflammation of the finger or toe especially near the end or around the nail called also felon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whitlow — /hwit loh, wit /, n. an inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger or toe, esp. of the terminal phalanx, usually producing suppuration. Also called felon. [1350 1400; ME whit(f)lowe, whitflawe. See WHITE, FLAW1] * * * …   Universalium

  • whitlow — noun /ˈwɪt.loʊ,ˈʍɪt.loʊ/ An infection under the cuticle of a fingernail or toenail. Syn: paronychia, wicklow …   Wiktionary

  • whitlow — Purulent infection through a perionychial fold causing an abscess of the bulbous distal end of a finger. SYN: felon. [M.E. whitflawe] herpetic w. painful herpes simplex virus infection of a finge …   Medical dictionary

  • whitlow — see FLAKE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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