- abnormal dryness, as of the eye or skin.
- normal sclerosis of the tissue in an aged person.
Origin of xerosis
1885–90; xer- + -osis
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- pathol abnormal dryness of bodily tissues, esp the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes
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Word Origin and History for xerotic
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- Affected with or characterized by xerosis.
- Abnormal dryness, especially of the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.
- The normal hardening of aging tissue.
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