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March 1961


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Honolulu, Hawaii

Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(3):509. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580090159024

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To the Editor:—  The word "interdigital," for all its deep roots in dermatologic terminology, is really not very useful; in most situations it has to be laboriously qualified as "of the hand(s)" or "of the foot (or feet)."I suggest that interdigital webs of the hands be called "interfinger" webs, and those of the feet, "intertoe" webs. These words are shorter, more exact, and perfectly understandable; their only shortcoming, unfamiliarity, will disappear quickly with use. If the webs are numbered from 1 to 4, in the same direction as the fingers, it is easy to locate a lesion between, say, the third and fourth toes of the left foot as being on the "left third intertoe web."The use of these words has already saved me enough typewriter ribbon to write this entire letter.

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