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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)
.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; origin uncertain
Related forms
dandruffy, dandriffy, adjective
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Examples from the web for dandruff
  • But there's a certain magic in all of that lint and dandruff and morning breath.
  • When head scratching is involved, a dandruff shampoo may aid healing.
  • As it is, a tinkling dandruff of change scuttles behind the banquettes.
  • Li brushed the dandruff from his shoulders and hugged him with his hands.
  • If it happens on your scalp, it is called dandruff in adults and cradle cap in infants.
  • Their long hair was straight and greasy, or multicolored, spiked or in dandruff-flecked dreadlocks.
  • When he comes with the pepper mill, refuse the pepper, but tell him to sprinkle some dandruff on your food.
  • Sometimes they may be mistaken for dandruff or hair spray droplets.
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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