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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: ep'i-der-mof'i-ton, -der-mo-fi'ton

Definition: A genus of fungi, separated by Sabouraud from Trichophyton on the basis that it never invades the hair follicles, whose macroconidia are clavate and smooth walled. The only species, Epidermophyton floccosum, is an anthropophilic species that is a common cause of tinea pedis and tinea cruris.

[epidermis + G. phyton, plant]

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