xerosis

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. xerophthalmia,
  2. xerophyte,
  3. xeroradiograph,
  4. xeroradiography,
  5. xerosere,
  6. xerostomia,
  7. xerothermic,
  8. xerotic,
  9. xerox,
  10. xerus

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

xerosis

/ (zɪˈrəʊsɪs) /

noun

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

xerotic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for xerotic

xerotic

[ zĭ-rŏtĭk ]

adj.

Dry.
Affected with or characterized by xerosis.

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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