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