Definitions for paronychiaˌpær əˈnɪk i ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
par•o•nych•i•aˌpær əˈnɪk i ə(n.)
inflammation of the folds of skin bordering a nail of a finger or toe; felon.
Origin of paronychia:
1590–1600; < L parōnychia < Gk parōnychía whitlow =par-par - +onych- (s. of ónyx) claw, nail +-ia -ia
infection in the tissues adjacent to a nail on a finger or toe
Paronychia, genus Paronychia(noun)
low-growing annual or perennial herbs or woody plants; whitlowworts
An infection under the cuticle of a fingernail or toenail.
Plural form of paronychium.
a whitlow, or felon
In medicine, paronychia is a nail disease that is an often-tender bacterial or fungal infection of the hand or foot where the nail and skin meet at the side or the base of a finger or toenail. The infection can start suddenly or gradually. Paronychia is commonly misapplied as a synonym for whitlow or felon.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An inflammatory reaction involving the folds of the skin surrounding the fingernail. It is characterized by acute or chronic purulent, tender, and painful swellings of the tissues around the nail, caused by an abscess of the nail fold. The pathogenic yeast causing paronychia is most frequently Candida albicans. Saprophytic fungi may also be involved. The causative bacteria are usually Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, or Streptococcus. (Andrews' Diseases of the Skin, 8th ed, p271)
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