fa·​vus | \ ˈfā-vəs How to pronounce favus (audio) \

Definition of favus

: any of several contagious skin diseases caused by ascomycetous fungi (such as Trichophyton schoenleinii) and occurring in humans and many domestic animals

First Known Use of favus

circa 1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for favus

New Latin, from Latin, honeycomb

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The first known use of favus was circa 1543

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“Favus.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favus. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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fa·​vus | \ ˈfā-vəs How to pronounce favus (audio) \

Medical Definition of favus

: a contagious skin disease of humans and many domestic animals and fowl that is caused by a fungus (as Trichophyton schoenleinii) and that in humans chiefly affects the scalp with the formation of scutula followed by hair loss and scarring

called also honeycomb ringworm

Other Words from favus

favic \ -​vik How to pronounce favic (audio) \ adjective

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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