One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- technical term for ringworm
- ‘Tinea corporis refers to tinea anywhere on the body except the scalp, beard, feet, or hands.’
- ‘The treatment consisted of broad-spectrum antibiotics, pain medication, and, of course, antifungal cream for the tinea.’
- ‘It's not a fun topic, but your feet can suffer from a variety of fungal infections that are a form of tinea, or ringworm.’
- ‘Ringworm is a highly contagious fungal disease like tinea that is totally preventable and treatable with persistent home care.’
- ‘The medical name for ringworm of the scalp is tinea capitis; ringworm of the body is called tinea corporis; and ringworm of the nails is called tinea unguium.’
Late Middle English: from Latin, ‘worm’.
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