ainhum


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ainhum

[′ī·nyüm]
(medicine)
A tropical disease of unknown etiology that is peculiar to black males, in which a toe is slowly and spontaneously amputated by a fibrous ring.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ainhum is an idiopathic disease involving the fifth toe of Black people mainly in tropical zones, whereas pseudoainhum is a rare congenital or acquired disorder clinically characterised by progressive development of a fibrotic band on a finger or toe until spontaneous autoamputation occurs.
The second half of the Cambridge World History addresses in alphabetical order the history and geography of 158 of the most important diseases of humankind from AIDS and ainhum to yaws and yellow fever.