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Definition of Beau's lines

Beau's lines: Transverse lines or grooves across the fingernails, or transverse depressions in the nail plate, from temporary disturbance of cell division where the nail develops. The condition may be caused by local disease or injury of the nail fold, or from a generalized condition such as an illness or a drug, for example, chemotherapy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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