an infectious skin disease of humans and many animals, esp. fowl, caused by an imperfect fungus (esp. Trichophyton schoenleinii) and characterized by itching and the formation of yellow crusts usually about the hair follicles, esp. on the head
Origin of favusModern Latin from L, honeycomb
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.
Origin of favusLatin honeycomb
From Latin favus (“honeycomb”).