• WordNet 3.6
    • n ringworm infections of the skin or nails caused by fungi and appearing as itching circular patches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ringworm (Med) 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).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ringworm A milleped of the genus Julus in a broad sense: so called from the way it curls up in a ring.
    • n ringworm A name sometimes given to certain dermatophytic diseases. See tinea and favus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ringworm a skin disease in which itchy pimples appear in rings
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hring; Ice. hring-r, Ger., Dan., and Sw. ring.


In literature:

King Magnus fell ill and died of the ringworm disease, after being ill for some time.
"Heimskringla" by Snorri Sturlason
Last time it was measles first, and then ringworm.
"Essays in Rebellion" by Henry W. Nevinson
For the itch, ringworm, itching, and for other slight irritations, bathe in water containing a little sulphur.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Ringworm is a curious form of tetter, in which the inflamed patches assume the form of a ring.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
He compares the spread of cancer to that of an invisible annular ringworm.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
This form of lichen usually appears on the chest, hips, or limbs, and is not unfrequently mistaken for ringworm.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Ringworm may be killed by moistening the finger in the mouth and rubbing sunwise around the diseased spot.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Ringworm, of the scalp, IV, 561.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
Spit on the ground the first thing in the morning, mix the spittle with the mould, and then anoint the ringworm with this mixture.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
They are known as ringworms of the scalp.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler

In poetry:

So that's the pay-off to my bid for fame.
But yesterday my head was in the sky,
And now I slink and sag in sorry shame,
And hate to look my backers in the eye.
They think I threw the fight; I sorto' feel
The ringworms rate me for a lousy heel.
"Beak-Bashing Boy" by Robert W Service

In news:

The Old Town-Orono Animal Orphanage is open again after being shut down due to a scabies and ringworm outbreak.
Cleveland's Ringworm is taking a brief jaunt down to Texas for the annual Chaos In Tejas festival in Austin, and Kansas City is lucky enough to get one of the dates on the way.
He said to search for ringworm 's official name, Dermatophytosis.
Ringworm have put out one of the best albums of 2011 (maybe even their career) with Scars and I was fortunate enough to get frontman James "Human Furnace" Bulloch on the line for the October 22 edition of the Mighty Oath.
Thrashman's Metal Pick Of The Week: Ringworm 's "Scars" Makes Me Want To Pick Up Change.
Hardcore mosh references aside, Ringworm 's latest is another testament to the integrity of a band that continues to spew forth some of the most inspired, venomous hardcore on the planet.
Ringworm is a common and easily-treated skin infection.
Ringworm is not a worm at all, but an infection of the dead outer layers of the skin caused by fungi known collectively as dermatophytes.
Sade, Iceage, Ringworm, My Brightest Diamond, and other notable shows this week.
Ringworm, jock itch and athlete's foot are all fungal diseases, but they are mere discomforts.
Because of the circular lesions made by the fungi , in the past they were thought to have been caused by worms, hence the name ringworm.
The sampler features 13 tracks (a new unreleased Ringworm song…HELL YEAH.
WITH school in full swing, lice and ringworm have once again gone to the heads of the class.
Ringworm infection takes on many forms.
Jessica's Antifungal Treatment is a breakthrough in eliminating skin fungus infections, including but not limited to athlete's foot and ringworm.