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. 2001.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”