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xerophthalmia

[zeer-of-thal-mee-uh, -op-] /ˌzɪər ɒfˈθæl mi ə, -ɒp-/
noun, Ophthalmology.
1.
abnormal dryness of the eyeball characterized by conjunctivitis, caused by a deficiency of tears and attributed to a lack of vitamin A.
Origin of xerophthalmia
1650-1660
1650-60; xer- + ophthalmia
Related forms
xerophthalmic, adjective
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  • The development of deficiency diseases (scurvy, rickets, xerophthalmia, rickets and malnutrition).

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British Dictionary definitions for xerophthalmia

xerophthalmia

/ˌzɪərɒfˈθælmɪə/
noun
1.
(pathol) excessive dryness of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by a deficiency of vitamin A Also called xeroma (zɪˈrəʊmə)
Derived Forms
xerophthalmic, adjective
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xerophthalmia in Medicine

xerophthalmia xe·roph·thal·mi·a (zēr'ŏf-thāl'mē-ə)
n.
Extreme dryness of the conjunctiva resulting from disease localized in the eye or from a systemic deficiency of vitamin A. Also called xeroma.

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