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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.
Origin of ringworm
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at ring1, worm Unabridged
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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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