Definitions for: Ringworm


[n] infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches



Webster (1913) Definition: Ring"worm", n. (Med.)
A contagious affection of the skin due to the presence of a
vegetable parasite, and forming ring-shaped discolored
patches covered with vesicles or powdery scales. It occurs
either on the body, the face, or the scalp. Different
varieties are distinguished as Tinea circinata, {Tinea
tonsurans}, etc., but all are caused by the same parasite (a
species of Trichophyton).

Synonyms: roundworm, tinea

See Also: athlete's foot, barber's itch, dhobi itch, eczema marginatum, fungal infection, jock itch, kerion, mycosis, tinea barbae, tinea capitis, tinea corporis, tinea cruris, tinea pedis, tinea unguium

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