A fungus* parasite on the skin or skin dirivatives (such as hair or finger/toe nails).

* My Webster says vegetable. Webster 1913 says fungi. My Webster says -phyte is a plant. Plant would be vegetable, not fungi. Weird. The word is probably from before they distinguished the kingdoms.

Der"mo*phyte (?), n.

A dermatophyte.

 

© Webster 1913.

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