[fey-vuh s]

noun, plural fa·vus·es for 1, fa·vi [fey-vahy] /ˈfeɪ vaɪ/ for 2.

Pathology. a skin disease, especially of the scalp, characterized by dry yellow encrustations that have an unpleasant odor, usually caused by the fungus Trichophyton schoenleinii.
a hexagonal paving tile or stone.

Origin of favus

1705–10; < New Latin, special use of Latin favus honeycomb
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an infectious fungal skin disease of man and some domestic animals, characterized by formation of a honeycomb-like mass of roundish dry cup-shaped crusts

Word Origin for favus

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: honeycomb
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Medicine definitions for favus




A severe type of chronic ringworm of the scalp and nails that is caused by various dermatophytes and occurs in humans and certain animals.
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