tin·​ea | \ ˈti-nē-ə How to pronounce tinea (audio) \

Definition of tinea

: any of several fungal infections of the skin especially : ringworm

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Other Words from tinea

tineal \ ˈti-​nē-​əl How to pronounce tinea (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tinea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of tinea

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tinea

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

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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 27 Jan. 2021.

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tin·​ea | \ ˈtin-ē-ə How to pronounce tinea (audio) \

Medical Definition of tinea

: any of several fungal diseases of the skin especially : ringworm

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