hyperkeratosis

[ hahy-per-ker-uh-toh-sis ]
/ ˌhaɪ pərˌkɛr əˈtoʊ sɪs /

noun

Pathology.
  1. proliferation of the cells of the cornea.
  2. a thickening of the horny layer of the skin.
Also called x-disease. Veterinary Pathology. a disease of cattle resulting from their physical contact with or eating of objects or food contaminated by wood preservatives or machinery lubricants containing highly chlorinated naphthalenes, characterized by thickening and hardening of the skin, abnormal secretion of tears and saliva, and diarrhea.

Origin of hyperkeratosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at hyper-, keratosis

Related forms

hy·per·ker·a·tot·ic [hahy-per-ker-uh-tot-ik] /ˌhaɪ pərˌkɛr əˈtɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperkeratosis

hyperkeratosis

/ (ˌhaɪpəˌkɛrəˈtəʊsɪs) /

noun

pathol overgrowth and thickening of the outer layer of the skin

Derived Forms

hyperkeratotic (ˌhaɪpəˌkɛrəˈtɒtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for hyperkeratosis

hyperkeratosis

[ hī′pər-kĕr′ə-tōsĭs ]

n. pl. hy•per•ker•a•to•ses (-sēz)

Hypertrophy of the cornea or the horny layer of the skin.hyperkeratinization

Related forms

hy′per•ker′a•totic (-tŏtĭk) adj.
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