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or seb·or·rhoe·a

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noun Pathology.
  1. an excessive and abnormal discharge from the sebaceous glands.
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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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  • The seborrheic variety spreads from the scalp to the folds of the skin.

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Word Origin and History for seborrheic



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


  1. Of, relating to, or affected by seborrhea.
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  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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