Ringworm on Body Glossary of Terms

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Antifungal: A medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal org...

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Antifungal medication: A drug used to treat fungal infections.

Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Chemotherapy: 1. In the original sense, a chemical that binds to and specifically k...

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Chin: Medically, the mentum. The lower portion of the face below the lower lip including t...

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Contagious: capable of being transmitted from one human to another human via direct or ind...

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Corticosteroid: Any of the steroid hormones made by the outer portion (cortex) of the adre...

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Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Diaper rash: An inflammatory reaction localized to the area of skin usually covered by the...

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Eczema (dermatitis): A particular type of inflammatory reaction of the skin in which there...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Fungal: Pertaining to a fungus. For example, a fungal skin infection.

Fungus: A single-celled or multicellular organism. Fungi can be true pathogens (such as hi...

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Groin: The area where the thigh meets the hip.

Hair loss: Hair loss is the thinning of hair on the scalp. The medical term for hair loss ...

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Hygiene: The science of preventive medicine and the preservation of health. Also commonly ...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Immune system: A complex system that is responsible for distinguishing a person from every...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Jock itch: A common fungal infection sometimes referred to as ringworm, involving the skin...

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Lesion: An area of abnormal tissue change. Lesions vary in severity from harmless to serio...

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Leukemia: Cancer of the blood cells. Strictly speaking, leukemia should refer only to canc...

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Lifetime risk: The risk of developing a disease during ones lifetime or dying of the disea...

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Microscope: An optical instrument that augments the power of the eye to see small objects....

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Neck: The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders. Also, any narrow or constric...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Prescription: A physician's order for the preparation and administration of a drug or dev...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psoriasis: A reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, sca...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Remedy: Something that consistently helps treat or cure a disease.

Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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Selenium: An essential mineral that is a component of an antioxidant enzyme, glutathione r...

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Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Steroid: One of a large group of chemical substances classified by a specific carbon struc...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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Sweating: The act of secreting fluid from the skin by the sweat (sudoriferous) glands. The...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

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Tinea barbae: A fungal infection (known as ringworm) of the bearded area of the face and n...

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Tinea capitis: A fungal infection (known as ringworm) of the scalp. This disorder occurs m...

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Tinea cruris: A superficial fungus infection of the crotch and perineum known popularly as...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Zinc: A mineral that is essential to the body and is a constituent of many enzymes that pe...

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