koilonychia

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koilonychia

[‚kȯil·ō′nik·ē·ə]
(medicine)
Spoon-shaped deformity of the fingernails, which may be familial or associated with a disease, such as iron-deficiency anemia. Also known as spoon nail.
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A spoon-shaped nail is a symptom of iron deficiency anaemia," says Harley Street dermatologist Tabi Leslie.
And spoon-shaped nails can indicate a deficiency of dietary iron.
Iron deficiency is also associated with koilonychias, which is a nail disease characterized by spoon-shaped nails.
This is according to researchers at the University of Nottingham who have devised equations to identify the physical laws that govern nail growth, and used them to throw light on the causes of some of the most common nail problems, such as ingrown toe nails, spoon-shaped nails and pincer nails.