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Definition of Dermatophyte

  1. Dermatophytes are a highly specialized group of fungi that break down keratin — the protein the makes up hair and nails — and absorb its nutrients. One dermatophyte in particular — trichophyton rubrum — reportedly is responsible for than 80% of onychomycosis (tinea unguium), 96% of athlete’s foot infections (tinea pedis), 90% of jock itch infectios (tinea cruris), and more than 50% of ringworm infections of the body (tinea corporis).

Added to the Nail Glossary on November 14, 2016

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