tin·​ea ˈti-nē-ə How to pronounce tinea (audio)
: any of several fungal infections of the skin
especially : ringworm
tineal adjective

Examples of tinea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Athlete’s foot—also known as tinea pedis or foot ringworm—is a fungal infection that impacts the feet. Sherri Gordon, Verywell Health, 30 Jan. 2024 The precise distribution of tinea imbricata, however, has been poorly defined ever since the disease was named by Sir Patrick Manson, the father of tropical medicine. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Frequently Asked Questions How long does tinea versicolor last? Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 29 June 2023 One study also found that honey mixed with olive oil and beeswax is effective against tinea versicolor.7 Aloe vera: Aloe vera may inhibit the growth of the fungus that causes tinea versicolor. Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 29 June 2023 In January 2022, after giving birth to a baby, she was diagnosed with tinea and began oral treatment, which did not relieve her symptoms. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 11 May 2023 Public health officials urged doctors to be on the lookout for ringworm infections, also known as tinea, that do not respond to traditional first-line treatments. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2023 This version of the infection does not respond to terbinafine, the front-line medication used to treat most tinea cases. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 11 May 2023 The infection was first identified in a 47-year-old woman who had developed a bad case of ringworm, also known as tinea, while traveling in Bangladesh. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 11 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, worm, moth

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tinea was in the 14th century

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“Tinea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinea. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


tin·​ea ˈtin-ē-ə How to pronounce tinea (audio)
: any of several fungal diseases of the skin
especially : ringworm

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