[ tin-ee-uh ]
/ ˈtɪn i ə /

noun Pathology.

any of several skin diseases caused by fungi; ringworm.

Origin of tinea

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin; Latin: larva of a moth or beetle that devours books, clothes, etc.

Related forms

tin·e·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tinea


/ (ˈtɪnɪə) /


any fungal skin disease, esp ringworm

Derived Forms

tineal, adjective

Word Origin for tinea

C17: from Latin: worm
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Medicine definitions for tinea


[ tĭnē-ə ]


Any of various fungal infections of the skin, hair, or nails caused chiefly by species of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton.ringworm

Related forms

tine•al adj.
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Science definitions for tinea


[ tĭnē-ə ]

See ringworm.
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