Definitions

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

  • n. Any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by several related fungi, characterized by ring-shaped, scaly, itching patches on the skin and generally classified by its location on the body. Also called tinea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A milleped of the genus Julus in a broad sense: so called from the way it curls up in a ring.
  • n. A name sometimes given to certain dermatophytic diseases. See tinea and favus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches

Etymologies

From ring +‎ worm, being descriptive of what it looks like. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Why it is called ringworm is because as it grows bigger, the ones in the middle of the rash die, and forms a ring, thus called ringworm.

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  • DESCRIPTION: Athlete's foot is an infection by a form of ringworm, which is not a worm at all but a fungus.

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  • Tinea Unguis-Commonly known as ringworm, this condition results in nail deformities and thickening.

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  • Some skin problems are caused by diseases or irritations that affect the skin only - such as ringworm, diaper rash, or warts.

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  • · Epidermophyton - a "ringworm" that invades both skin and nails of the feet;

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  • In Gotha the plant is valued for curing chronic skin diseases, particularly of a fungoid character, such as ringworm; also for diseases of cattle.

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  • Rehman refers to him as Joe Baker, the bastard, (Joe Baker is his nickname - Abu says it has some connection with the word for "ringworm" in Malay) and talks about how he was a total bully as rugby captain making him run several laps of the sports field for showing up late for rugby practice.

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  • In giving him a bath, my wife was amazed how perfect his skin was, being blemish free – other than the ‘999′ on his scalp. hHe musta caught some kind of ringworm off of his older dumber brother.

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  • Several dozen have been treated for ringworm, a skin infection.

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