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dandruff

[ dan-druhf ]
/ ˈdæn drəf /
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noun

a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.

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Also dan·driff [dan-drif]. /ˈdæn drɪf/.

Origin of dandruff

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM dandruff

dan·druff·y, dan·driff·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dandruff

dandruff
/ (ˈdændrəf) /

noun

loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalpAlso called (now rarely): dandriff

Derived forms of dandruff

dandruffy, adjective

Word Origin for dandruff

C16: dand-, of unknown origin + -ruff, probably from Middle English roufe scab, from Old Norse hrūfa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for dandruff

dandruff
[ dăndrəf ]

n.

A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp.
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