noun Date: 15th century any of several contagious fungal diseases of the skin, hair, or nails of humans and domestic animals that are characterized by ring-shaped discolored skin patches covered with vesicles and scales

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  • ringworm — early 15c., from RING (Cf. ring) (n.) + WORM (Cf. worm) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ringworm — ► NOUN ▪ a contagious itching skin disease occurring in small circular patches, caused by various fungi and affecting chiefly the scalp or feet …   English terms dictionary

  • ringworm — [riŋ′wʉrm΄] n. any of various contagious skin diseases caused by related varieties of fungus and characterized by itching and the formation of ring shaped, discolored patches covered with scales or vesicles …   English World dictionary

  • Ringworm — Infobox Disease Name = Ringworm Caption = Ringworm on the arm DiseasesDB = 17492 ICD10 = ICD10|B|35|4|b|35 ICD9 = ICD9|110.9 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = emerg eMedicineTopic = 592 MeshID = D014005 Ringworm (also called serpigo) is …   Wikipedia

  • ringworm — /ring werrm /, n. Pathol. any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by certain parasitic fungi and characterized by the formation of ring shaped eruptive patches. [1375 1425; late ME; see RING1, WORM] * * * Superficial skin changes… …   Universalium

  • ringworm — SYN: tinea. r. of beard SYN: tinea barbae. black dot r. tinea capitis due most commonly to Trichophyton tonsurans or T. violaceum. r. of body SYN: tinea corporis. crusted r. SYN: favus. r. of foot SYN: tinea pedis. honeycomb r. SYN: favus. r. of… …   Medical dictionary

  • ringworm — tinea; n. a fungus infection of the skin, the scalp, or the nails. Ringworm is caused by the dermatophyte fungi – species of Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton – and also affects animals, a source of infection for humans. It can be… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • ringworm — [[t]rɪ̱ŋwɜː(r)m[/t]] N UNCOUNT Ringworm is a skin disease caused by a fungus. It produces itchy red patches on a person s or animal s skin, especially on their head and between their legs and toes. [MEDICAL] …   English dictionary

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