whitlow

whitlow
['wɪtləʊ]
noun an abscess in the soft tissue near a fingernail or toenail.
Origin
ME (also as whitflaw, -flow), appar. from white + flaw1 in the sense 'crack', but perh. related to Du. fijt 'whitlow'.

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