noun Pathology.

a disease in which the skin becomes dry, hard, and scaly.

Origin of xeroderma

First recorded in 1840–50; xero- + -derma
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Historical Examples of xeroderma

  • Such a skin affection, known as icthyosis, xerosis or xeroderma, is usually due to heredity.

    Applied Eugenics

    Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for xeroderma


xerodermia (ˌzɪərəʊˈdɜːmɪə)

noun pathol

any abnormal dryness of the skin as the result of diminished secretions from the sweat or sebaceous glands
another name for ichthyosis
Derived Formsxerodermatic (ˌzɪərəʊdəˈmætɪk) or xerodermatous, adjective
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xeroderma in Medicine




Excessive or abnormal dryness of the skin, as in ichthyosis.
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