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seborrhea

or seb·or·rhoe·a

[seb-uh-ree-uh]
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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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Examples from the Web for seborrheic

Historical Examples

  • The seborrheic variety spreads from the scalp to the folds of the skin.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)

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Word Origin and History for seborrheic

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.
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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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