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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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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.

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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.
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