from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See ringworm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fungal infection of the skin known generally as ringworm.


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, a gnawing worm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin via Medieval Latin and Middle English: a fungal infection of the skin. (Wiktionary)



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  • Right. Or a genus of arthropods.

    April 14, 2009

  • Poor phurphuraceous Phoebe. But better tinea pedis than tinea cruris.

    April 14, 2009

  • "Phoebe was an awkward misfit. Her fingers were smudged with ink. Her knees were ingrained with dirt, her toes raw with tinea, her fingernails black and broken."
    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 14

    April 14, 2009

  • tinea versicolor is caused by the fungus Pityrosporum furfur


    January 12, 2009