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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: brak′ē-ō-nik′ē-ă

Definition: Short nails, in which the width of the nail plate and nail bed is greater than the length; may be congenital or result from nail biting, bone resorption in hyperparathyroidism, or psoriatic arthropathy.

[G. brachys, short + onyx, onychos, nail, + suffix -ia, condition]

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