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[der-mat-uh-mahy-uh-sahy-tis, dur-muh-toh-]
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noun Pathology.
  1. an inflammatory disease of connective tissues, manifested by skin inflammation and muscle weakness.
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Origin of dermatomyositis

1895–1900; dermato- + myositis inflammation of muscle tissue, irregular < Greek myós (genitive of mŷs muscle, mouse) + -itis
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dermatomyositis in Medicine


  1. A progressive inflammatory condition characterized by muscular weakness, a skin rash, and edema of the eyelids and periorbital tissue.
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