• WordNet 3.6
    • n whitlow a purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whitlow (Med) An inflammation of the fingers or toes, generally of the last phalanx, terminating usually in suppuration. The inflammation may occupy any seat between the skin and the bone, but is usually applied to a felon or inflammation of the periosteal structures of the bone.
    • Whitlow (Far) An inflammatory disease of the feet. It occurs round the hoof, where an acrid matter is collected.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whitlow A suppurative inflammation of the deeper tissues of a finger, usually of the terminal phalanx; felon, panaritium, or paronychia.
    • n whitlow An inflammatory disease of the feet in sheep. It occurs around the hoof, where an acrid matter collects, which ought to be discharged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whitlow hwit′lō a painful inflammatory affection of the fingers, almost always proceeding to suppuration, paronychia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A corr. of whick-flaw=quick-flaw. Cf. Quick and Flaw.


In literature:

She has a whitlow, and it's time to lance it.
"Jo's Boys" by Louisa May Alcott
For some days Ninnis had been enduring the throbbing pain of a whitlow and had not been having sufficient sleep.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Elliott has a whitlow.
"The Mystery of Cloomber" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Old man Balm Whitlow can tell you all about the way they held church.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
After all, it was only my lady's maid, with a rubbishing whitlow on her finger.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Felon, run-around, or whitlow, IV, 640; treatment of, IV, 641.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
By this time Whitlow had picked himself up and was brushing his garments.
"The Moving Picture Girls in War Plays" by Laura Lee Hope
Whitlows: = paronychia; q.v.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Whitlow or felon is a much more serious trouble.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
James Whitlow, father-in-law of Mr. J. C. Calloway, the teacher referred to, owns 1,137 acres in one body, only about two miles from our place.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various

In news:

Jalen Whitlow, left, is expected to split time with Patrick Towles in Kentucky's game at Missouri Saturday.
Author Andrew Vorland Photography James Whitlow Delano.
Charles Whitlow Norwood Jr. Search All NYTimes.com.
Children, Sally Whitlow of Bay Village, Stephen of Macedonia, Cindy Moran of Bay Village, Susan Ford of Westlake, and Stephanie Spahr of Lakewood.
Whitlow likely to start again.
Jalen Whitlow is likely to get his third consecutive start for the Wildcats.
Whitlow , Towles now in.
Michelle Durrett and Jeremy Whitlow honored at wedding shower in Oklahoma City.
Walmart's headquarters location, and has appointed Scott Whitlow vice president of sales-Walmart to head the new office.
To support its Walmart business and has hired Scott Whitlow to lead the effort.
Whitlow 's new title is vp sales.
Melinda Valarie Whitlow of Stillwater and Isai Rios exchanged wedding vows May, 12, 2012, at Stillwater's First Christian Church, with Owen Cayton officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Rosie Bays and Avangelous Whitlow .
Kellie Patricia Hiler and Thomas Brandon Whitlow exchanged marriage vows on Aug 9, 2008.
Kentucky's glass half full with Whitlow at controls.