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dandruff

[dan-druh f] /ˈdæn drəf/
noun
1.
a seborrheic scurf that forms on the scalp and comes off in small scales.
Also, dandriff
[dan-drif] /ˈdæn drɪf/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; origin uncertain
Related forms
dandruffy, dandriffy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dandriffy

dandruff

/ˈdændrəf/
noun
1.
loose scales of dry dead skin shed from the scalp Also called (now rarely) dandriff
Derived Forms
dandruffy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: dand-, of unknown origin + -ruff, probably from Middle English roufe scab, from Old Norse hrūfa
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Word Origin and History for dandriffy
dandruff
1545, first element obscure, second element is Northumbrian or E. Anglian dial. huff, hurf "scab," from O.N. hrufa, from P.Gmc. *hreufaz, source of O.E. hreofla "leper."
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dandriffy in Medicine

dandruff dan·druff (dān'drəf)
n.
A scaly scurf formed on and shed from the scalp.

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