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noun Pathology.
  1. any of several skin diseases caused by fungi; ringworm.
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Origin of tinea

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin; Latin: larva of a moth or beetle that devours books, clothes, etc.
Related formstin·e·al, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is not infectious, nor liable to swell the lymphatics in its vicinity like the tinea.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

  • Ringworm is a kind of tinea, and it is caused by various mould fungi.

  • In the human body this also develops into a tapeworm called the Tinea mediocanellata.

  • Ovid, in his exile at Tomi, likens the "external remorse of its cares" which his heart feels to the gnawing of the tinea.

  • The skin disease Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor was shown to be due to the Microsporon furfur by Eichstedt in 1846.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

British Dictionary definitions for tinea


  1. any fungal skin disease, esp ringworm
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Derived Formstineal, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: worm
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Word Origin and History for tinea


late 14c., "ringworm," from Latin tinea "a gnawing worm, moth, bookworm;" from 1650s as a type of moth.

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tinea in Medicine


  1. Any of various fungal infections of the skin, hair, or nails caused chiefly by species of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton.ringworm
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Related formstine•al adj.
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tinea in Science


  1. See ringworm.
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