Definition of ainhum in English:

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ainhum

Pronunciation: /ˈeɪnhəm/

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A condition in which a band of fibrous tissue grows around the base of a toe, eventually resulting in loss of the digit. It occurs mainly in the tropics and is associated with going barefoot.
Example sentences
  • Sailor John certainly had ainhum.
  • Because the occurrence of ainhum is rare, discussion of the disease is lacking in medical literature.
  • Three cases of Ainhum are reported and injections of cortisone were given with temporary relief.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Portuguese, based on Yoruba eyun 'saw'.

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