- 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.
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Examples from the Web for tinea
It is not infectious, nor liable to swell the lymphatics in its vicinity like the tinea.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Ringworm is a kind of tinea, and it is caused by various mould fungi.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
In the human body this also develops into a tapeworm called the Tinea mediocanellata.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
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
- any fungal skin disease, esp ringworm
C17: from Latin: worm
Word Origin and History for tinea
late 14c., "ringworm," from Latin tinea "a gnawing worm, moth, bookworm;" from 1650s as a type of moth.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of various fungal infections of the skin, hair, or nails caused chiefly by species of the genera Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton.ringworm
- See ringworm.
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