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xerostomia

[ zeer-uh-stoh-mee-uh ]
/ ˌzɪər əˈstoʊ mi ə /
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noun Pathology.
dryness of the mouth caused by diminished function of the salivary glands due to aging, disease, drug reaction, etc.
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Origin of xerostomia

1885–90; xero- + New Latin -stomia a condition of the mouth, as specified by the 1st element; see -stome, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for xerostomia

xerostomia
/ (ˌziːrəˈstəʊmɪə) /

noun
abnormal lack of saliva; dryness of the mouth

Word Origin for xerostomia

C19: from xero- + -stom (e) + -ia
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