EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Pathology any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by certain parasitic fungi and characterized by the formation of ring-shaped eruptive patches. Origin of ringworm late Middle English
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Examples from the Web for ringworm Historical Examples of ringworm British Dictionary definitions for ringworm noun any of various fungal infections of the skin (esp the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patches Also called: tinea
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Word Origin and History for ringworm n.
name given to certain skin diseases, early 15c., from
ring (n.1) + worm (n.).
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Any of a number of contagious fungal infections of the skin, hair, or nails caused chiefly by species of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton. Ringworm often causes scaly, itching ring-shaped patches, especially on the skin. Also called tinea
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