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fa·vus

 (fā′vəs)
n.
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.]

favus

(ˈfeɪvəs)
n
(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]

fa•vus

(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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