[ zi-roh-sis ]
/ zɪˈroʊ sɪs /

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 forms

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

Can be confused

cirrhosis xerosis
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Examples from the Web for 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


/ (zɪˈrəʊsɪs) /


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

Derived Forms

xerotic (zɪˈrɒtɪk), adjective
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Medicine definitions for 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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