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[ring-wurm] /ˈrɪŋˌwɜrm/
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.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see ring1, worm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ringworm
  • If they are old, that is vintage, you run the risk of contracting ringworm or the plague.
  • ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that can affect the skin, hair and nails.
  • ringworm is a skin disease that can affect people and many kinds of animals.
British Dictionary definitions for ringworm


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 ringworm

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

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ringworm in Medicine

ringworm ring·worm (rĭng'wûrm')
Any of a number of contagious fungal skin diseases characterized by ring-shaped scaly itching patches on the skin.

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ringworm in Science
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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