[pig-muh n-toh-suh m]
- a rare inherited disease characterized by sensitivity to ultraviolet light, exposure resulting in lesions and tumors of the skin and eyes.
Origin of xeroderma pigmentosum
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xeroderma pigmentosum(pĭg′mən-tō′səm, -mĕn-)
- A rare hereditary skin disorder caused by a defect in the enzymes that repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet light and resulting in hypersensitivity to the carcinogenic effect of ultraviolet light.
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