athlete's foot


Definition of athlete's foot

: ringworm of the feet

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Recent Examples on the Web Dear Heloise: My son came home from camp two weeks ago with athlete's foot. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Scammers never sleep," 21 Aug. 2020 In some cases, athlete's foot can even appear as blisters or ulcers. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Athlete's Foot, According to Experts," 12 Mar. 2020 Having damp feet can also create a breeding ground for athlete's foot, as can long nails, which can house (and spread) the fungi in question. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019 Appropriately enough, tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, is the most common fungal infection picked up in gyms, according to Fullem. Scott Douglas,, "Your gym is teeming with invisible members: Germs. Here’s how to avoid them.," 29 July 2019 An overgrowth of dermatophytes like trichophyton can cause issues like athlete's foot, an infection that begins as an itchy, red, and scaly rash that starts between the toes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019 To create some of the features of the AM4MN, adidas designers used scans of athletes' feet and ARAMIS motion capture technology used by NASA, to learn more about how an athlete's foot moves during a game. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Adidas unveils 'AM4MN' Super Bowl LII cleats," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of athlete's foot

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Athlete's foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of athlete's foot

medical : a condition in which the skin between and around the toes cracks and peels

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Kids Definition of athlete's foot

: a fungus infection of the foot marked by blisters, itching, and cracks between and under the toes

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ath·​lete's foot | \ ˌath-ˌlēts- How to pronounce athlete's foot (audio) \

Medical Definition of athlete's foot

: ringworm of the feet

called also tinea pedis

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