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Definition of «Perionychia»

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Perionychia: An inflammation of the folds of tissue surrounding the nail due to infection. The infection may be bacterial (most commonly, staph or strep) or to fungal.

"Perionychia" is composed of "peri-" meaning around or surrounding + the Greek word "onyx" for nail = around the nail. The tissue around the nail is called the perionychium. Perionychia is synonymous with paronychia.

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