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
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A park employee wrote to a county commissioner to complain that the water quality had grown so poor that raft guides routinely suffered from staph infections, ringworm and other skin illnesses.
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First Known Use of ringworm
RINGWORM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ringworm for English Language Learners
: a disease that causes ring-shaped marks to appear on the skin
RINGWORM Defined for Kids
Definition of ringworm for Students
: a fungus infection that causes red ring-shaped patches on the skin
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
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