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xerosis

[ zi-roh-sis ]
/ zɪˈroʊ sɪs /
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noun Medicine/Medical.
abnormal dryness, as of the eye or skin.
normal sclerosis of the tissue in an aged person.
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Origin of xerosis

1885–90; xer- + -osis

OTHER WORDS FROM xerosis

xe·rot·ic [zi-rot-ik], /zɪˈrɒt ɪk/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH xerosis

cirrhosis, xerosis
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How to use xerosis in a sentence

  • 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 xerosis

xerosis
/ (zɪˈrəʊsɪs) /

noun
pathol abnormal dryness of bodily tissues, esp the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes

Derived forms of xerosis

xerotic (zɪˈrɒtɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for xerosis

xerosis
[ zĭ-rōsĭs ]

n. pl. xe•ro•ses (-sēz)
Abnormal dryness, especially of the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.
The normal hardening of aging tissue.
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