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xerophthalmia

[ zeer-of-thal-mee-uh, -op- ]
/ ˌzɪər ɒfˈθæl mi ə, -ɒp- /
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noun Ophthalmology.
abnormal dryness of the eyeball characterized by conjunctivitis, caused by a deficiency of tears and attributed to a lack of vitamin A.
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Origin of xerophthalmia

1650–60; xer- + ophthalmia

OTHER WORDS FROM xerophthalmia

xe·roph·thal·mic, adjective
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How to use xerophthalmia in a sentence

  • The development of deficiency diseases (scurvy, rickets, xerophthalmia, rickets and malnutrition).

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  • He'd have blubbered like any old ZeuglodonHad Xerophthalmia not come on.

British Dictionary definitions for xerophthalmia

xerophthalmia
/ (ˌzɪərɒfˈθælmɪə) /

noun
pathol excessive dryness of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by a deficiency of vitamin AAlso called: xeroma (zɪˈrəʊmə)

Derived forms of xerophthalmia

xerophthalmic, adjective
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Medical definitions for xerophthalmia

xerophthalmia
[ zîr′ŏf-thălmē-ə ]

n.
Extreme dryness of the conjunctiva resulting from disease localized in the eye or from a systemic deficiency of vitamin A.xeroma
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