[ der-mat-uh-fahyt, dur-muh-tuh- ]
/ dərˈmæt əˌfaɪt, ˈdɜr mə tə- /

noun Pathology.

any fungus parasitic on the skin and causing a skin disease, as ringworm.

Origin of dermatophyte

First recorded in 1880–85; dermato- + -phyte
Related formsder·mat·o·phyt·ic [der-mat-uh-fit-ik, dur-muh-tuh-] /dərˌmæt əˈfɪt ɪk, ˌdɜr mə tə-/, adjectiveder·mat·o·phy·to·sis, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for dermatophyte


/ (ˈdɜːmətəʊˌfaɪt) /


any parasitic fungus that affects the skin
Derived Formsdermatophytic (ˌdɜːmətəʊˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for dermatophyte


[ dûr-mătə-fīt′, dûrmə-tə- ]


Any of various fungi causing parasitic infections of the skin, hair, or nails.
Related formsder•mat′o•phytic (-fĭtĭk) adj.
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