or seb·or·rhoe·a

[ seb-uh-ree-uh ]
/ ˌsɛb əˈri ə /

noun Pathology.

an excessive and abnormal discharge from the sebaceous glands.

Nearby words

  1. sebi-,
  2. sebiferous,
  3. sebo-,
  4. seboim,
  5. sebolith,
  6. seborrhea adiposa,
  7. seborrhea faciei,
  8. seborrhea furfuracea,
  9. seborrhea oleosa,
  10. seborrhea sicca

Origin of seborrhea

First recorded in 1875–80; seb(um) + -o- + -rrhea

Related formsseb·or·rhe·al, seb·or·rhe·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for seborrhea



also seborrhoea, "discharge of sebaceous matter, especially as a scalp condition," 1849, coined in Modern Latin as a hybrid, from sebo-, used as comb. form of Latin sebum "tallow, suet, grease" (see sebum) + Greek hroia "flow, flux," from rhein "to flow" (see rheum)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for seborrhea



Overactivity of the sebaceous glands characterized by excessive secretion of sebum or an alteration in its quality, resulting in an oily coating, crusts, or scales on the skin.

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