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Xerostomia

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Definition

noun

(Medical term for) Dryness of the mouth, especially due to salivary gland dysfunction


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Xerostomia is observed in individuals with diabetes, acute infections, aging, adverse drug reaction, etc. Apart from a dry mouth, other important signs of this condition include cracked lips and/or corners of the mouth, changes in taste, fluid intake difficulties, and increase in thirst.


Word origin: Greek xērós (dry) + Latin –stomia (a condition of the mouth)

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