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dermatophyte

Pronunciation: der'ma-to-fit

Definition: A fungus that causes superficial infections of the skin, hair, and/or nails, keratinized tissues. Species of Epidermophyton, Microsporum, and Trichophyton are regarded as dermatophytes, but causative agents of tinea versicolor, tinea nigra, and cutaneous candidiasis are not so classified.

[dermato- + G. phyton, plant]

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