paronychia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Paronychia low-growing annual or perennial herbs or woody plants; whitlowworts
    • n paronychia infection in the tissues adjacent to a nail on a finger or toe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paronychia (Med) A whitlow, or felon{3}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paronychia In pathology, inflammation about the nail; whitlow.
    • n paronychia [capitalized] [NL. (A. L. de Jussieu, 1815).] A genus of apetalous plants of the order Illecebraceæ, type of the tribe Paronychieæ, known by the involucrate calyx of five hooded segments, each with a horn, point, or awn on the back. There are about 45 species, of warm and temperate climates—Arabia, the Mediterranean region, and America. They are small erect or spreading herbs, usually dichotomously branched, with narrow opposite leaves, and conspicuous shining silvery stipules. Their minute flowers are usually hidden between the stipules in dense axillary clusters. The genus has the general names of nailwort and whitlowwort. The flowers of P. argentea and P. capitata furnish an article known as Arabian or Algerian tea (which see, under tea). P. argyrocoma, the silver chickweed, or, as recently named, silverhead, is a scarce rock-loving species found in the mountains of the eastern United States, rendered beautiful by numerous small silvery heads covering its bushy top.
    • n paronychia Plural of paronychium.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. parwnychi`a; para` beside + 'o`nyx 'o`nychos, a nail{1}

Usage

In literature:

Pseudonychium -ia: = paronychia; q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
M. M. In the common paronychia a poultice is generally sufficient.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
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