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whitlow Line breaks: whit|low
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪtləʊ/

Definition of whitlow in English:


An abscess in the soft tissue near a fingernail or toenail.
Example sentences
  • Herpetic whitlow is an HSV infection of the fingers and toes and may represent a primary infection or a secondary recurrence of type 1 or 2 HSV infection.
  • Another causes whitlows on fingers, feet, knees and shoulders.
  • I should have remembered, as a dental colleague has just reminded me, what a problem herpetic whitlows used to be in our dental undergraduates before they were made to wear gloves.


Late Middle English (also as whitflaw, -flow), apparently from white + flaw1 in the sense 'crack', but perhaps related to Dutch fijt 'whitlow'.

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