Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pl. favi (-vī). A tile or slab of marble cut into a hexagonal shape, so as to produce a honeycomb pattern in pavements.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A disease of the scalp, produced by a vegetable parasite.
  • noun A tile or flagstone cut into an hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern, as in a pavement; -- called also favas and sectila.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine A severe, chronic infection of ringworm.
  • noun A tile or flagstone cut into a hexagonal shape to produce a honeycomb pattern.

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

  • noun a contagious fungal infection of the scalp; occurs mainly in Africa and the Middle East

Etymologies

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

[Latin, honeycomb.]

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From Latin favus ("honeycomb").

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  • Not nearly as favorable as the name suggests.

    December 16, 2008

  • Some choice words on this page: honeycombed ringworm, flagstone, vegetable parasite, sectila, incrustations.

    February 3, 2013