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[tin-ee-uh] /ˈtɪn i ə/
noun, Pathology.
any of several skin diseases caused by fungi; ringworm.
Origin of tinea
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin; Latin: larva of a moth or beetle that devours books, clothes, etc.
Related forms
tineal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tinea
Historical Examples
  • The approach of Lithosia to the genus Yponomeuta, in tinea, scarcely need be pointed out.

    Sphinx Vespiformis Edward Newman
  • The late Dr. Masters attributed the mischief to the work of the larva of a small moth (tinea curtisella).

    Trees. A Woodland Notebook Herbert Maxwell
  • One would imagine the moth to be an enemy of no consequence, but the wax-moth (tinea mellonella) is a most formidable enemy.

  • tinea Favosa, or favus, is a contagious and a very stubborn disease of the skin, caused by the fungus Achorion Schoenleinii.

  • It is not infectious, nor liable to swell the lymphatics in its vicinity like the tinea.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • tinea sycosis yields in most instances in the course of several weeks or a few months.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • The skin disease Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor was shown to be due to the Microsporon furfur by Eichstedt in 1846.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey
  • The most obstinate of all the eruptions incident to children are, the tinea capitis, or scabbed head, and chilblains.

  • In tinea sycosis, or ringworm sycosis, the history of the case is different.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • Milk-crust is a milder disease than tinea, affecting the face as well as the hairy scalp of very young children.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for tinea


any fungal skin disease, esp ringworm
Derived Forms
tineal, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: worm
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Word Origin and History for tinea

late 14c., "ringworm," from Latin tinea "a gnawing worm, moth, bookworm;" from 1650s as a type of moth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tinea in Medicine

tinea tin·e·a (tĭn'ē-ə)
Any of various fungal skin infections caused chiefly by species of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, andEpidermophyton.

tin'e·al adj.
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tinea in Science
See ringworm.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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