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Dermatophytes are a group of fungi that under most conditions have the ability to infect and survive only on dead keratin found on the top layer of the skin, the hair, and the nails. Dermatophytes cannot survive on moist skin found inside the mouth or the vagina. Dermatophytes are responsible for the majority of skin, hair, and nail fungal infections.

Pronunciation: dur-MATT-uh-fyt • (noun)

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Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a superficial dermatophyte infection of the skin. Find out more about what the ringworm rash looks like, how ringworm is diagnosed, and how ringworm is treated.
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