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hangnail

 [hang´nāl]
a shred of cuticle at one side of a nail; it is prevented by gently pushing the cuticle instead of cutting it, and is treated by clipping off the shred of skin and applying antiseptic to prevent infection.

hang·nail

(hang'nāl),
A loose triangular tag of skin attached proximally in the medial or lateral nail fold.

hangnail

/hang·nail/ (hang´nāl) a shred of eponychium on a proximal or lateral nail fold.

hangnail

(hăng′nāl′)
n.
A small piece of dead skin at the side or the base of a fingernail that is partly detached from the rest of the skin.

hangnail

Etymology: AS, angnaegl, troublesome nail
a piece of partially disconnected epidermis of the cuticle or nail fold. Tearing the skin fragment causes a red, painful, easily infected sore. Early treatment is to trim the hangnail close with nail clippers. For inflamed cases an antibiotic ointment and protective bandage are used.

hang·nail

(hang'nāl)
A loose triangular tag of skin attached at the proximal portion in the medial or lateral nail fold.

hangnail

A narrow strip of partly separated skin at the base of the nail (the cuticle). This leaves the deeper tissue exposed to infection and the nerve endings to undue stimulation. See also PARONYCHIA.

hangnail

loose tag of epidermis attached at its proximal end within the medial or lateral nail fold

hangnail

excessive growth and cracking of the cuticle on the feet of elephants.
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It prevents hangnails, exfoliates and moisturizes dry cuticles in a fast absorbed water-based cream (non-gritty) while promoting healthy nail growth.
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She chews her hangnails and preoccupies herself with finding a place for her purse.
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Nipper A pointy-tipped tool for trimming hangnails and cuticles.
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