- 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
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Examples from the Web for ringworm
It is not necessary to rub it in when using it where there is no ringworm.
Children of all ages are liable to "catch" ringworm of the scalp.
Describe the appearances of a typical patch of ringworm of the scalp.
Does ringworm of the scalp always present typical appearances?
Describe the symptoms of ringworm as it occurs upon the scalp.
- any of various fungal infections of the skin (esp the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patchesAlso called: tinea
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Word Origin and History for ringworm
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- 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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