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[fey-vuh s]
noun, plural fa·vus·es for 1, fa·vi [fey-vahy] /ˈfeɪ vaɪ/ for 2.
  1. 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.
  2. a hexagonal paving tile or stone.
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Origin of favus

1705–10; < New Latin, special use of Latin favus honeycomb
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Examples from the Web for favus

Historical Examples of favus

  • What are the symptoms of favus when seated upon the general surface?

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Scratching aggravated the condition, so that some places assumed a cup-like appearance, somewhat as favus.

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

  • He is on the keen lookout for favus (contagious skin disease), and for signs of disease or deformity.

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

  • In the same general manner as favus of the scalp, but the remedies employed should be somewhat weaker.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

British Dictionary definitions for favus


  1. 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
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Word Origin for favus

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: honeycomb
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favus in Medicine


  1. 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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