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ringworm

[ring-wurm] /ˈrɪŋˌwɜrm/
noun, Pathology
1.
any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by certain parasitic fungi and characterized by the formation of ring-shaped eruptive patches.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see ring1, worm
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British Dictionary definitions for ring-worm

ringworm

/ˈrɪŋˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
any of various fungal infections of the skin (esp the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patches Also called tinea
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Word Origin and History for ring-worm

ringworm

n.

name given to certain skin diseases, early 15c., from ring (n.1) + worm (n.).

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ring-worm in Medicine

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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ring-worm in Science
ringworm
  (rĭng'wûrm')   
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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