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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 of dandruff
1535-1545
1535-45; origin uncertain
Related forms
dandruffy, dandriffy, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dandruff
Historical Examples
  • They have a good deal of dander (dandruff) for sich little vipers!

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • Nothing is better for cleansing the hair from dust and dandruff.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Slim Pickens has received through the mails a bottle of dandruff cure, and he is taking two teaspoonfuls after each meal.

  • His reddish-brown hair was free of dandruff, his blue eyes clear.

    The Eye of Wilbur Mook H. B. Hickey
  • dandruff may cause a loss of hair; if it does, the hairs come out clean, while in ringworm they break off near the scalp.

  • To be bald is no more than a genial jocosity, a harmless foible—but to have dandruff is almost as bad as to have beri-beri.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • He was well dressed but the lapels of his coat were dirty with ashes, and its collar was strewn with dandruff.

    Woman Triumphant Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • He looked more the fashionable club man than ever, though he did have a slight sprinkling of dandruff on his coat collar.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • When the hair is excessively oily or the scalp unusually crowded with dandruff, the weekly shampoo should not be neglected.

    The Woman Beautiful Helen Follett Stevans
  • "No more fuzzy hair for me, no red tie, no dandruff," he had said on his return from Paris.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for dandruff

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 dandruff
n.

1540s, first element obscure, second element is Northumbrian or East Anglian dialectal huff, hurf "scab," from Old Norse hrufa, from Proto-Germanic *hreufaz, source of Old English hreofla "leper."

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dandruff in Medicine

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

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