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keratolysis

[ker-uh-tol-uh-sis] /ˌkɛr əˈtɒl ə sɪs/
noun
1.
the loosening or shedding of the horny layer of the epidermis.
2.
Pathology. a skin disorder characterized by periodic shedding of the epidermis.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; kerato- + -lysis
Related forms
keratolytic
[ker-uh-toh-lit-ik] /ˌkɛr ə toʊˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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keratolytic in Medicine

keratolysis ker·a·tol·y·sis (kěr'ə-tŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.

  1. The separation or loosening of the horny layer of the epidermis.

  2. A skin disease characterized by a periodic shedding of the epidermis.


ker'a·to·lyt'ic (-tō-lĭt'ĭk) adj.
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