Literally meaning: “process to fungal nails”
Origin: Anc Greek
/ïνυξ/onix(=nail) > (gen) όνυχος/onychos
μύκης /mykes (=mushroom)
-οσις/-osis (=suffix meaning “condition” or “state”)
In 1853 George Meissner discovered hyphae in a potassium Hydroxide preparation of “a thick finger nail” taken from 80 year old man. In 1856 German physician Rudolf Virchow (1821-1905) coined the term “onychomycosis”.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails which is characterized by pain, discomfort, and disfigurement. Tinea unguim is clinically defined as dermatophytic infection of the nail plate.