noun Medicine/Medical.

abnormal dryness, as of the eye or skin.
normal sclerosis of the tissue in an aged person.

Origin of xerosis

1885–90; xer- + -osis
Related formsxe·rot·ic [zi-rot-ik] /zɪˈrɒt ɪk/, adjective
Can be confusedcirrhosis xerosis
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Historical Examples of xerosis

  • 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



pathol abnormal dryness of bodily tissues, esp the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes
Derived Formsxerotic (zɪˈrɒtɪk), adjective
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xerosis in Medicine



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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