ringworm

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

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ringworm (uncountable)

  1. A contagious fungal affliction of the skin, characterised by ring-shaped discoloured patches, covered by vesicles or scales.
    • "As listed above, in superficial mycoses infection is localised to the skin, the hair, and the nails. An example is ringworm or tinea, an infection of the skin by a dermatophyte."

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