keratolysis

[ker-uh-tol-uh-sis]

noun

the loosening or shedding of the horny layer of the epidermis.
Pathology. a skin disorder characterized by periodic shedding of the epidermis.

Origin of keratolysis

First recorded in 1895–1900; kerato- + -lysis
Related formsker·a·to·lyt·ic [ker-uh-toh-lit-ik] /ˌkɛr ə toʊˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

keratolytic in Medicine

keratolysis

[kĕr′ə-tŏlĭ-sĭs]

n.

The separation or loosening of the horny layer of the epidermis.
A skin disease characterized by a periodic shedding of the epidermis.
Related formsker′a•to•lytic (-tō-lĭtĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.