An infection of the hair, skin, or nails caused by any one of the dermatophytes. The lesions may occur at any site on the body and, on the skin, are characterized by erythema, small papular vesicles, fissures, and scaling. Common sites of infection are the feet (tinea pedis), nails (onychomycosis), and scalp (tinea capitis). Cf.:dermatomycosis.

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der·ma·to·phy·to·sis -fī-'tō-səs n, pl -to·ses -.sēz a disease (as athlete's foot) of the skin or skin derivatives that is caused by a dermatophyte

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der·ma·to·phy·to·sis (dur″mə-to-fi-toґsis) [dermatophyte + -osis] 1. any superficial fungal infection caused by a dermatophyte and involving the stratum corneum of the skin, hair, and nails; this includes onychomycosis and various forms of tinea. Called also epidermomycosis and epidermophytosis. 2. in veterinary medicine, any infection of the skin of an animal by a dermatophyte; called also ringworm. 3. tinea pedis.

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