A hangnail was a loose flap of dead skin on the side of an individual's finger.

Hangnails were considered an example of a minor infliction, not worth the time or trouble of medical attention from a physician. In 2267, when informed that he was needed aboard the USS Enterprise due to an unspecified "medical emergency", Doctor McCoy dismissed it as somebody having discovered a hangnail. Regardless, he beamed back aboard the Enterprise, promising to tell Kirk later what it was that had been so urgent. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I")

In 2370, while receiving an extensively thorough annual physical from Dr. Julian Bashir, a replicant of Miles O'Brien told him that if he couldn't leave until the doctor found something wrong with him, he'd try to grow a hangnail to satisfy Bashir. (DS9: "Whispers")

When Kes asked The Doctor for nitrogenated soil samples for the hydroponics bay in 2371, he waxed melodramatic, as this was the latest in a long line of (in his opinion) trivial requests USS Voyager's crew had made of him, complaining, "Now I know how Hippocrates felt when the king needed him to trim a hangnail." (VOY: "Parallax")

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