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herpetic whitlow a primary herpes simplex infection of the terminal segment of a finger, usually seen in those exposed to infected oral or respiratory secretions, such as dentists, physicians, or nurses. It begins with intense itching and pain, followed by the formation of deep coalescing vesicles. The process is associated with much tissue destruction and may be accompanied by systemic symptoms. A similar lesion may occur as a result of nail biting during the course of primary herpetic gingivostomatitis.
melanotic whitlow a malignant tumor of the nail bed characterized by formation of melanotic tissue.
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Purulent infection through a perionychial fold causing an abscess of the bulbous distal end of a finger.
Synonym(s): felon
[M.E. whitflawe]
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A painful purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail. Also called whitlow.
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Paronychia, whitlow, run-around A purulent infection in the tight fascial plane adjacent to the terminal intraphalangeal joint of the fingers or toes, due to an open wound; as the inflammatory mass expands within the confined space, the vascular supply is compromised, predisposing the site to osteomyelitis, pulp necrosis and sloughing of tissue; the pain is very intense and seemingly disproportionate with the scant amount of swelling and erythema clinically evident Treatment Drainage by incision directly over the site of maximum swelling; the term has also been applied to a localized painful herpetic skin infection 'seeded' in an open abrasion by contact exposure.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A purulent infection or abscess involving the bulbous distal end of a finger.
Synonym(s): whitlow.
[M.E. feloun, malignant]
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Because appellant agreed to the severance, we do not need to further analyze whether the appellant's trial for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon would have required the parties to relitigate an issue of ultimate fact decided in the first trial.
But Meade also needed support from the Republicans whose party had benefited from the felon disenfranchisement scheme.
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Brian Kalt describes the four main policy reasons for felon exclusion from juries as "history, maintaining probity, maintaining impartiality, and reliance on the clemency process." (82) Jury exclusion is a long-standing tradition in the history of our country and European predecessors, with exclusion occurring formally since 1410 and informally for centuries longer.
We can start by acknowledging that felon disenfranchisement is a civil rights issue of great importance.
Jeff Manza, a professor of sociology at New York University and author of the 2006 book Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy.
Pangilinan said his combat-trained troops backed by tanks could even escort transient prosecutors in their movements in this city and Central Mindanao areas for the focused litigation of arrested illegal drug users and peddlers, especially high-profile felons.
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