ring worm

ringworm

[ring-wurm]
noun Pathology.
any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by certain parasitic fungi and characterized by the formation of ring-shaped eruptive patches.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see ring1, worm

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ringworm (ˈrɪŋˌwɜːm)
 
n
Also called: tinea any of various fungal infections of the skin (esp the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patches

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ringworm
early 15c., from ring (n.) + worm.
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ringworm ring·worm (rĭng'wûrm')
n.
Any of a number of contagious fungal skin diseases characterized by ring-shaped scaly itching patches on the skin.

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ringworm   (rĭng'wûrm')  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a number of contagious fungal infections of the skin, hair, or nails caused chiefly by species of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton. ringworm often causes scaly, itching ring-shaped patches, especially on the skin. Also called tinea.
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