Xeroderma

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Definition

noun

(pathology) Abnormal skin dryness charactized by dry, scaly, cracked and itchy skin; xerosis of the skin, especially in the arms and legs; ichthyosis


Supplement

The skin that is excessively dry is described to be xerotic. Several factors bring about xeroderma. Some of them include dehydration, Vitamin A deficiency, atopic dermatitis, and hot, humid environment.


Word origin: Greek xeros (dry) + dermia (skin)

Variant(s):

  • xeroderma

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