xerostomia

[ zeer-uh-stoh-mee-uh ]

nounPathology.
  1. dryness of the mouth caused by diminished function of the salivary glands due to aging, disease, drug reaction, etc.

Origin of xerostomia

1
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
  1. abnormal lack of saliva; dryness of the mouth

Origin of xerostomia

1
C19: from xero- + -stom (e) + -ia

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