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ainhum

 [ān´hum, i´num, or [Portuguese] īn-yoom´]
a condition of unknown origin, seen chiefly in dark-skinned people, consisting of a linear constriction that causes spontaneous amputation of the fourth or fifth toe.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ai·nhum

(ī'nŭm), [MIM*103400]
An acquired, slowly progressive painful fibrous constriction that develops in the digitoplantar fold, usually of the little toe, gradually resulting in spontaneous amputation of the toe; most commonly affects black males in the tropics.
[fr. Af. (Lagos), to saw]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
A possibly autosomal dominant condition affecting young black men of Africa and Central America, in whom broad fibrous bands cause annular digito-plantar constriction, especially of the 5th toe, causing autoamputation
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

ain·hum

(ī-nyum')
An acquired, slowly progressive, painful fibrous constriction that develops in the digitoplantar fold, usually of the little toe, gradually resulting in spontaneous amputation of the toe; most ciiommonly affects black males in the tropics.
[fr. Af. (Lagos), to saw]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

ainhum

Fissuring in the fold between the toes or fingers followed by the development of a constricting band around the base of the digit, usually the little toe, which eventually leads to spontaneous amputation. The condition is fairly common in Africa.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Constricting bands are classified as ainhum and pseudoainhum.
The pathogenesis of ainhum has not been clearly elucidated.
Ainhum like lesions and digital constrictions have been reported with Mal de Meleda giving rise to ugly mutiliation.