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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

(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.

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.
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"It makes absolutely no sense to send a fire crew in a 15-ton, $700,000 firetruck to someone who has a hangnail," he said.
The glob thing tastes like my hangnails. It tastes like the inside of my mouth.
The thumbnails were short and long, with polish and hangnails, stained from the playground or classroom activities.
My manicurist will come out with a study that says women who file their nails the wrong way are not any more likely to get hangnails. And rubbing your cuticles with cream and gently pushing them back doesn't do anything either.
Over the years she'd tasted her own blood plenty of times--chapped lips, hangnails, papercuts--but never anyone else's, except Erica's.
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The product features a compact body for added control, a buffed end for pushing back cuticles, and extrasharp, handfiled tips for cutting hangnails and cuticles with precision.
Tears in the skin near the nail base (hangnails) can indicate protein, folic acid and Vitamin C deficiencies.
And a final object-poem with an unexpected bite at the end: There's safety in light bulbs And groups of three or more And hands Empty Of doorknobs and alien flesh Clenched to hide hangnails and fingerprints And .1% of germs Hands are easy We sell mittens and gloves And scarves for our necks And hats for ears that blush and ring Hands can hold on to each other And rest safely in laps and pockets But shoulders get lonely Exposed and exploited Shawls went out of style, leaving them naked In scoop necks and tank tops The sins of our shoulders Erode the chastity of hands.
Less than a decade ago, Lou Gehrig's endurance feat of 2,130 consecutive games played was considered secure from all assault, especially in a more cowardly era when hangnails and blisters serve as excuses to seek instant refuge on the disabled list.
I'm a person who worries about recurrent hangnails, so "if your intestines fall out" kept me up, terrified, for most of the night.