seborrhea

or seb·or·rhoe·a

[seb-uh-ree-uh]

Origin of seborrhea

First recorded in 1875–80; seb(um) + -o- + -rrhea
Related formsseb·or·rhe·al, seb·or·rhe·ic, adjective
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seborrhea

n.

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)

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seborrheic in Medicine

seborrheic

[sĕb′ə-rēĭk]
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or affected by seborrhea.

seborrhea

n.
  1. 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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