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angular cheilitis in Medicine

angular cheilitis n.
Inflammation and radiating fissures at the corners of the mouth, secondary to predisposing factors such as overclosure of the jaws in denture wearers, nutritional deficiencies, atopic dermatitis, or Candida albicans infection. Also called commissural cheilitis, perlèche.

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