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xeroderma pigmentosum

[ pig-muhn-toh-suhm ]
/ ˌpɪg mənˈtoʊ səm /
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noun Pathology.

a rare inherited disease characterized by sensitivity to ultraviolet light, exposure resulting in lesions and tumors of the skin and eyes.

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Origin of xeroderma pigmentosum

1880–85; <New Latin: pigmented xeroderma; see pigment, -ose1

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Example sentences from the Web for xeroderma pigmentosum

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

    Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

Medical definitions for xeroderma pigmentosum

xeroderma pigmentosum
[ pĭg′mən-tōsəm, -mĕn- ]

n.

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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