tinea versicolor

tinea ver·​si·​col·​or | \ -ˈvər-si-ˌkəl-ər How to pronounce tinea versicolor (audio) \

Medical Definition of tinea versicolor

: a common, chronic infection of the skin especially of the trunk and shoulders that is caused by a lipophilic fungus (especially Melassezia furfur and M. globosa), that is marked by the formation of irregular, often scaly patches of discolored skin which may be either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, and that occurs especially in warm, humid climates

called also pityriasis versicolor

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“Tinea versicolor.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/tinea%20versicolor. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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