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A chronic skin infection, usually of the scalp, caused by fungi of the genus Trichophyton and characterized by the development of thick, yellow crusts over the hair follicles.

[Latin, honeycomb.]


(Pathology) an infectious fungal skin disease of man and some domestic animals, characterized by formation of a honeycomb-like mass of roundish dry cup-shaped crusts
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin: honeycomb]


(ˈfeɪ vəs)

n., pl. fa•vus•es.
1. a skin infection characterized by itching and crusting at the hair follicles, usu. caused by the fungus Trichophyton schoenleinii.
2. Also called whitecomb. a similar infection of fowl, caused by T. megnini, often affecting the comb.
[1705–10; < New Latin; Latin favus honeycomb]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.favus - a contagious fungal infection of the scalpfavus - a contagious fungal infection of the scalp; occurs mainly in Africa and the Middle East
fungal infection, mycosis - an inflammatory condition caused by a fungus
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A x x Skeletonema costatum Thalassionema nitzschioides Triceratium favus Taxon 2014 December January Bellerochea horologicalis x x Bellerochea malleus x Chaetoceros affinis Chaetoceros danicus x x Chaetoceros sp.
Trichophyton schoenleinii which causes favus invades hair without spore formation and with less mycelium than others.
Public Health Service officers--men primarily of Southern heritage and English lineage--who inspected them for favus (a fungal disease often found on the scalp), lice, typhus, trachoma, tuberculosis, epilepsy, and other health "defects.
Dawson-Hughes B, Tosteson AN, Melton LJ 3rd, Baim S, Favus MJ, Khosla S, Lindsay RL; National Osteoporosis Foundation Guide Committee.
favus using a crude extract byHexan and Ethyl Acetate solvents and through the application the disc diffusion Method where attributed the cause inhibition growth of Penicillium sp.
nowadays it is possible to treat favus in only 1 to 2 hours instead of months because those instruments for measuring doses of X-ray radiation enable the exposure to radiation without interruption after every 10 to 20 minutes of exposure in order to avoid overexposure of the patient.
Una de las principales dificultades asociadas con el analisis de la excrecion urinaria de calcio es el amplio rango de valores normales establecidos para humanos, perros y ratas (Coe y Bushinsky, 1984; Bushinsky y Favus, 1988; Bushinsky, 1996; Bennett et al, 2006).
In: Coe FL, Favus MJ, Pak CYC, Parks JH, Preminger GM, eds.
Favus is characterised by the presence of yellowish cup-shaped crusts known as scutula, which result in a honeycomb destruction of hair shaft.
Document 5: Below is a photograph of immigrant children who arrived in America with favus, a skin disease of the scalp, and were treated in the hospitals on Ellis Island (image from Save Ellis Island, http://www.
Reinhart SC, Norden AG, Lapsley M, Thakker RV, Pang J, Moses AM, Frymoyer PA, Favus MJ, Hoepner JA, Scheinman SJ.
Clinically, TC commonly presents with variable degrees of hair loss and scalp scaling, whereas typical kerion is uncommon and favus is rare.