One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or affecting a nail, hoof, or claw.
- ‘It has been seen providing a tendon to the index finger, which does not join with the indicial tendon of the flexor profundus, but, running separately in the sheath, was inserted onto the ungual phalanx.’
- ‘Further detailed physical examination revealed a flesh-colored papule in the nail bed of the third toe of the left foot, consistent with an ungual fibroma.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin unguis ‘nail’ + -al.
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