ringworm

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ring·worm

noun \ˈriŋ-ˌwərm\

: a disease that causes ring-shaped marks to appear on the skin

Full Definition of RINGWORM

:  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

First Known Use of RINGWORM

15th century

ring·worm

noun \ˈriŋ-ˌwərm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RINGWORM

: any of several contagious diseases of the skin, hair, or nails of humans and domestic animals caused by fungi (as of the genus Trichophyton) and characterized by ring-shaped discolored patches on the skin that are covered with vesicles and scales—called also tinea

ringworm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Superficial skin changes caused by certain fungi (see fungus) that live on the skin, feeding on keratin. Skin responses vary from slight scaling to blistering and marked disruption of the keratin layer (depending on body area and type of fungus), usually in a ring shape. It includes athlete's foot, jock itch, and fungal infections of the body, hands, nails, and scalp. While the last is very contagious, spread of other types depends on susceptibility and predisposing factors (e.g., excessive perspiration). Ringworm is treated with medications applied to the skin or taken orally.

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