ring·​worm | \ ˈriŋ-ˌwərm How to pronounce ringworm (audio) \

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

Examples of ringworm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Psoriasis and fungal infections such as ringworm, both of which can cause itchy, scaly patches on the body, can also be mistaken for atopic dermatitis. Jessie Van Amburg, Health.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Very contagious skin infections like staph or ringworm can theoretically transmit between two people via bed linens, Dr. Russo says. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 24 Nov. 2021 Jes and Chris tell him that ringworm lives in the dirt, and that this mother and her puppies will be re-exposed to it constantly. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Other common fungal infections, such as athlete's foot caused by ringworm and coccidioidomycosis lung infections, also occur in parts of the body where lettuce has no presence. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 Eczema might even masquerade as ringworm, a fungal infection. Erin Nicole Cellett, Allure, 23 Aug. 2021 Dorit calls up her husband PK, a case of ringworm wearing a tie-dyed bucket hat. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 18 Aug. 2021 At this specialized dermatology ward, the group can keep pets with contagious diseases - like mange or ringworm - away from other animals until they are fully recovered. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2021 The cooler outer surfaces of our bodies are at risk of minor assaults—think of athlete's foot, yeast infections, ringworm—but in people with healthy immune systems, invasive infections have been rare. Maryn Mckenna, Scientific American, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of ringworm

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ringworm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ringworm. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ringworm

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


ring·​worm | \ ˈriŋ-ˌwərm How to pronounce ringworm (audio) \

Kids Definition of ringworm

: a fungus infection that causes red ring-shaped patches on the skin


ring·​worm | \ ˈriŋ-ˌwərm How to pronounce ringworm (audio) \

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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