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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British Dictionary definitions for xerotic


  1. pathol abnormal dryness of bodily tissues, esp the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes
Derived Formsxerotic (zɪˈrɒtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for xerotic

1901, from xerosis (1890), Modern Latin, from Greek xerosis, from xeros "dry" (see xerasia) + -osis.

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xerotic in Medicine


  1. Dry.
  2. Affected with or characterized by xerosis.


n. pl. xe•ro•ses (-sēz)
  1. Abnormal dryness, especially of the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.
  2. The normal hardening of aging tissue.
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