[ dur-muh-tahy-tis ]
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  1. inflammation of the skin.

Origin of dermatitis

First recorded in 1875–80; dermat- + -itis

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How to use dermatitis in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dermatitis


/ (ˌdɜːməˈtaɪtɪs) /

  1. inflammation of the skin

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Cultural definitions for dermatitis


[ (dur-muh-teye-tis) ]

An inflammation of the skin. Itching and redness are the basic symptoms of dermatitis, which has a variety of causes, including allergies and exposure of the skin to irritants, such as chemicals or sunlight.

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