- Inflammation of a digit (either a finger or a toe). Dactyl comes from the Greek "daktylos" meaning "finger." It now refers not only to the fingers but also the toes. Dactyledema is edema (swelling) of the fingers or toes; dactylomegaly is enlargement of the fingers or toes; dactylospasm is a cramp of the fingers or toes, etc.
* * *Inflammation of one or more fingers.- blistering distal d. infection of the volar fat pad of the distal phalanx of the finger by group A β-hemolytic streptococci.
* * *n.inflammation of a finger or toe caused by bone infection (as in tuberculous osteomyelitis) or rheumatic disease or seen in infants with sickle-cell disease.
* * *dac·ty·li·tis (dak″tə-liґtis) [dactyl- + -itis] inflammation of a finger or toe.
Medical dictionary. 2011.