[ zeer-uh-dur-muh ]
/ ˌzɪər əˈdɜr mə /

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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Examples from the Web for 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)

/ (ˌzɪərəʊˈdɜːmə) /

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 forms of xeroderma

xerodermatic (ˌzɪərəʊdəˈmætɪk) or xerodermatous, adjective
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Medicine definitions for xeroderma

[ zîr′ō-dûrmə ]


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