Origin: ME whitflowe, whitflawe: orig. uncert.; ? akin to white & flaw
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Origin: Alteration of Middle English whitflawe : perhaps alteration (influenced by white, white) of Middle Dutch vijt, abscess (variant of fijk, fijt, from Latin fīcus, fig, fig-shaped swelling, piles) + Middle English flaue, splinter, flaw; see flaw1.
whitlow - Medical Definition