Definition of Ringworm

1. Noun. Infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches.

Definition of Ringworm

1. n. A contagious affection of the skin due to the presence of a vegetable parasite, and forming ring-shaped discolored patches covered with vesicles or powdery scales. It occurs either on the body, the face, or the scalp. Different varieties are distinguished as Tinea circinata, Tinea tonsurans, etc., but all are caused by the same parasite (a species of Trichophyton).

Definition of Ringworm

1. Noun. A contagious fungal affliction of the skin, characterised by ring-shaped discoloured patches, covered by vesicles or scales. ¹

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Definition of Ringworm

1. a skin disease [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ringworm

1. A fungal skin infection sometimes referred to as ringworm. Typically a scaly, red-shaped ring on the skin. Commonly seen in children. Treatment requires an antifungal cream such as clotrimazole or miconazole. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ringworm

ringworm (current term)
ringworm bush
ringworm of beard
ringworm of body
ringworm of foot
ringworm of genitocrural region
ringworm of nails
ringworm of scalp
ringworm of the nails
ringworm shrub
ringworm yaws

Literary usage of Ringworm

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1. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"ringworm in the Child Care Setting ringworm is a fungus infection of the scalp or skin. ... ringworm on the scalp may leave a flaky patch of baldness. ..."

2. A Treatise on diseases of the skin for advanced students and practitioners by Henry Weightman Stelwagon (1916)
"Nor are the patches of favus, as a rule, rounded as they are in ringworm. ... As between the rare type, bald ringworm, and alopecia areata, ..."

3. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1891)
"Alopecia Areata a Sequel of ringworm.—Mr. Jonathan Hutchinson, speaking at the annual meeting of the British Medical Association at Birmingham on alopecia ..."

4. Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology by Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1901)
"Allan MacFadyen, in a paper published in 1895 \ stated the results of a research, dealing chiefly with the chemical action which the ringworm fungus exerts ..."

5. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1867)
"ringworm. This disease is of two kinds, viz. the ringworm of the body and ... The ringworm of the body is by no means a very manageable disease : it is to ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1886)
"5, 1885), in a paper read before the British Medical Association, advises the treatment of ringworm patches of the scalp with an alkaline solution, ..."

7. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1872)
"[The management of ringworm in private practice, is by no means a simple matter, and in large schools it is of course far more difficult and involves a good ..."

8. Edinburgh Medical Journal (1882)
"We could have wished that Dr Smith had noticed one question, Can a child have ringworm twice? There is a popular idea that one attack, if entirely recovered ..."

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