One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Infection or inflammation of the tissues near a fingernail; an instance of this, a whitlow.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Lanfranc's Science of Cirurgie. From post-classical Latin panaricium, variant reading for classical Latin paronychium inflammation around a fingernail, a whitlow. In form panaris probably after Middle French, French panaris.
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