noun Pathology.

a hereditary skin disease in which the epidermis continuously flakes off in large scales or plates.

Origin of ichthyosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1805–15; see origin at ichthy(o)-, -osis
Related formsich·thy·ot·ic [ik-thee-ot-ik] /ˌɪk θiˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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a congenital disease in which the skin is coarse, dry, and scalyAlso called: xeroderma Nontechnical name: fishskin disease
Derived Formsichthyotic (ˌɪkθɪˈɒtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for ichthyosis

1815, Modern Latin, from Greek ikhthys "fish" + -osis.

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ichthyosis in Medicine




A congenital, often hereditary skin disease characterized by dry, thickened, scaly skin.alligator skin fish skin fishskin disease ichthyosis sauroderma
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