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noun Pathology.
  1. any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by certain parasitic fungi and characterized by the formation of ring-shaped eruptive patches.
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Origin of ringworm

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at ring1, worm
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  1. any of various fungal infections of the skin (esp the scalp) or nails, often appearing as itching circular patchesAlso called: tinea
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Word Origin and History for ringworm


name given to certain skin diseases, early 15c., from ring (n.1) + worm (n.).

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