ringworm

noun ring·worm \ ˈriŋ-ˌwərm \
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

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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First Known Use of ringworm

15th century


RINGWORM Defined for English Language Learners

ringworm

noun

Definition of ringworm for English Language Learners

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


RINGWORM Defined for Kids

ringworm

noun ring·worm \ ˈriŋ-ˌwərm \

Definition of ringworm for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

ringworm

noun ring·worm \ ˈriŋ-ˌwərm \

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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