Meaning of dermatophyte in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdəːmətə(ʊ)fʌɪt/


  • A pathogenic fungus that grows on skin, mucous membranes, hair, nails, feathers, and other body surfaces, causing ringworm and related diseases.

    Trichophyton and other genera, subdivision Deuteromycotina

    ‘They are caused by fungi called dermatophytes that live on skin, hair, and nails and thrive in warm, moist areas.’
    • ‘Diagnostic tests may include skin scrapings, hair combings, a dermatophyte culture, blood work, and skin biopsies.’
    • ‘Like itraconazole, fluconazole is active against common dermatophytes, Candida species and some nondermatophytic molds.’
    • ‘In some studies, up to 30 percent of patients with interdigital erythrasma have been found to have a coexisting dermatophyte or Candida albicans infection, usually noted in the third and fourth interspaces.’
    • ‘This broad-spectrum agent is effective against dermatophytes, yeasts, and some bacteria.’