Definition of Hangnail

1. Noun. A loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected.

Exact synonyms: Agnail
Generic synonyms: Cutis, Skin, Tegument



Definition of Hangnail

1. n. A small piece or sliver of skin which hangs loose, near the root of a finger nail.

Definition of Hangnail

1. Noun. A loose, narrow strip of nail tissue protruding from the side edge and anchored near the base of a fingernail or toenail. ¹

2. Noun. A pointed upper corner of the toenail (often created by improperly trimming by rounding the corner) that, as the nail grows, presses into the flesh or protrudes so that it may catch (“hang”) on stockings or shoes. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hangnail

1. an agnail [n -S] - See also: agnail

Medical Definition of Hangnail

1. A small piece or silver of skin which hangs loose, near the root of finger nail. Origin: A corruption of agnail. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hangnail

hanging participles
hanging septum
hanging tree
hanging up
hanging wall
hangings
hangis
hangman
hangman's fracture
hangman's halter
hangman's noose
hangman's nooses
hangman's rope
hangmanship
hangmen
hangnail (current term)
hangnails
hangnest
hangnests
hangout
hangouts
hangover
hangoverish
hangovers
hangry
hangs
hangs about
hangs around
hangs by a thread
hangs out

Literary usage of Hangnail

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1. Paris Days and London Nights by Alice Ziska Snyder, Milton Valentine Snyder (1921)
"... is on the Censor— Irvin Cobb at Simpson's Has a hangnail from a Deer— Tragedy in the Paris Metro—Let Apaches Attack Women in Darkness during Raids. ..."

2. Paris Days and London Nights by Alice Ziska Snyder, Milton Valentine Snyder (1921)
"... is on the Censor— Irvin Cobb at Simpson's Has a hangnail from a Deer— Tragedy in the Paris Metro—Les Apaches Attack Women in Darkness during Raids. ..."

3. Health, Public and Personal by Ralph Earl Blount (1922)
"One of the most annoying finger nail defects is the hangnail, a little sliver at ... We should trim off the hangnail and use iodin to disinfect the injury. ..."

4. Applied Physiology: Including the Effects of Alcohol and Narcotics by Frank Overton (1897)
"The hangnail should be cut off close to the flesh. It is best prevented by gently pushing the skin back from the nail. Tight shoes bind the toes together, ..."

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