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hang·nail

 (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.

[Alteration of agnail (influenced by hang).]
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hangnail

(ˈhæŋˌneɪl)
n
a piece of skin torn away from, but still attached to, the base or side of a fingernail
[C17: from Old English angnægl, from enge tight + nægl nail; influenced by hang]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

hang•nail

(ˈhæŋˌneɪl)

n.
a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail.
[1300–50; Middle English angenayle corn, Old English angnægl=ang + nægl callus, nail; modern h- by association with hang]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hangnail - a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernailhangnail - a loose narrow strip of skin near the base of a fingernail; tearing it produces a painful sore that is easily infected
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
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Translations

hangnail

[ˈhæŋneɪl] Npadrastro m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

hang·nail

n. uñero, uña encarnada.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

hangnail

n padrastro (en el dedo)
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She was sitting on the couch, chewing on the sharp edge of a hangnail, and then she was leaning forward, holding her hands in front of her mouth as if she were about to catch something--the back of an earring, maybe, or a warm splash of vomit.
Other injuries to cast members sustained during the Scottish epic include a broken ankle, a hangnail and a busted nose, according to Gibson.
He twisted a hangnail off his thumb, rubbing the scab beneath.
All you need is a nick or a hangnail. Any break in the skin and you can get it in your body.
He twisted and untwisted his hands, pinched a hangnail between a shaking thumb and forenger and tugged it.
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