ungual

ungual

/ˈʌŋɡw(ə)l/
adjective
Medicine Zoology
Relating to or affecting a nail, hoof, or claw.

Origin
Mid 19th century: from Latin unguis ‘nail’ + -al.

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To paraphrase a similar saying, “To a set of clippers, every problem is ungual.”
[To a hammer,every problem is a nail.]

clipper

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nidus

nidus

/ˈnʌɪdəs/
noun
1 Medicine
A place in which bacteria have multiplied or may multiply; a focus of infection.
2 A place or situation in which something develops or is fostered.

Origin
Late 17th century (in the former sense ‘place in which an insect deposits its eggs’): from Latin, literally ‘nest’.

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Festering, foul and flourishing, bacteria rapidly developed in the blemish, an unwanted and unsightly nidus.

(Fear not, Joe has been to the doctor to get it fixed. No gross images needed.)

bandaids

astragalus

astragalus

/əˈstraɡ(ə)ləs/
noun
1 Zoology
another term for talus (ankle bone)
1.1 astragalihistorical Small bones used as dice.
2 A plant of a genus that includes milk vetch.
Genus Astragalus, family Leguminosae

Origin
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek astragalos ‘ankle bone, moulding’, also the name of a plant.

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It intrigues me that the astragalus bone isn’t either of the projecting points (lateral and medial malleoli) I see when I look at someone’s beautiful ankles.

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