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

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The best way to diagnose ringworm infection in an animal is by fungal culture. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Ringworm not really a worm but a fungus contagious to pets and humans | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 But that ringworm scare had come after a few months of persistent skin irritation. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "So You Want to Get Your Dog on a Raw-Foot Diet," 24 Apr. 2018 Moskwa also alleged Steuart brought in a cat infected with ringworm into the facility’s kitten coop, resulting in three different litters of kittens getting infected, along with members of the staff and volunteers. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Cat Cafe has cats in dire need of care seized by city," 10 Apr. 2018 One van was reserved solely for animals with ringworm. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey arrive in Chicago," 3 Sep. 2017 Some of the common concerns for high school football and wrestling is Methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA), Group A Streptococcus; herpes simplex virus; tinea capitis (ringworm); tinea pedis (athlete’s foot); scabies and lice. Raising Austin, ajc, "Is playing on a sports team making your child sick?," 25 Sep. 2017 Know someone with a case of metal ringworm or eye stots? Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "This Algorithm Generates Crazy and Terrifying Disease Names," 13 Sep. 2017 Many of the dogs and cats could have ringworm or heart worm, which will need to be cured before they can be adopted. Rosemary Regina Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago shelters taking in animals from Houston to free space for stranded pets," 30 Aug. 2017 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. Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Dad says Whitewater Center’s ‘disregard for safety’ caused death from brain-eating amoeba," 19 June 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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