American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chronic skin infection, usually of the scalp, caused by fungi of the genus Trichophyton and characterized by the development of thick, yellow crusts over the hair follicles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pl. favi (-vī). A tile or slab of marble cut into a hexagonal shape, so as to produce a honeycomb pattern in pavements.
- n. In pathology, crusted or honeycombed ringworm, a disease of the skin, chiefly attacking the scalp, but also occurring on any part of the body, characterized by yellowish dry incrustations somewhat resembling a honeycomb. It is produced by the fungus Achorion Schönleinii. The disease is also called tinea favosa.
- n. medicine A severe, chronic infection of ringworm.
- n. A tile or flagstone cut into a hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A disease of the scalp, produced by a vegetable parasite.
- n. A tile or flagstone cut into an hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern, as in a pavement; -- called also
- n. a contagious fungal infection of the scalp; occurs mainly in Africa and the Middle East
- From Latin favus ("honeycomb"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, honeycomb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But the crowning achievement of the period in this direction was the discovery made by the German, J.L. Schoenlein, in 1839, that a very common and most distressing disease of the scalp, known as favus, is really due to the presence and growth on the scalp of a vegetable organism of microscopic size.”
“It diagnosed theC of conjunctivitis, theF of favus, and theT of trachoma.”
“He had indeed contracted the eye disease favus on the Giulia.”
“They avoided passengers who seemed to be suffering from trachoma or favus.”
“This observer claimed to have discovered in the cankerous secretions the existence of a vegetable parasite (namely, a cryptogam, as in favus), which he termed the keraphyton, or parasitic plant of the horn.”
“In favus, Gilbert tells us that, after the removal of the pustules, there remain foramina, from which exudes a poisonous substance, resembling honey.”
“Among the diseases of the scalp attention is given to alopecia, dandruff (_furfur_), tinea caries and various pustular affections, fanus (favus), rima, spidecia, achora, etc.”
“Femina dulce malum, pariter favus atque venenum, Melle linens gladium cor confodit et sapientum.”
“Now the fact is that already we share a great many diseases with the lower animals, a few of them being tuberculosis, anthrax, rabies, tetanus, cancer, pleuro-pneumonia, certain insect-borne diseases, some parasitic worm diseases and some skin diseases like favus.”
“The mouse is also attacked by favus, and the rat is often infected with _Trypanosoma”
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