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clubbing

Pronunciation: klub'ing

Definition: A condition affecting the fingers and toes in which proliferation of distal soft tissues, especially the nail beds, results in thickening and widening of the extremities of the digits; the nails are abnormally curved, the nail beds excessively compressible, and skin over them red and shiny.

See: hippocratic nails, under nail

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