follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

seborrhea

[seb-uh-ree-uh] /ˌsɛb əˈri ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
an excessive and abnormal discharge from the sebaceous glands.
Also, seborrhoea.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; seb(um) + -o- + -rrhea
Related forms
seborrheal, seborrheic, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for seborrhea

seborrhoea

/ˌsɛbəˈrɪə/
noun
1.
any disease of the skin characterized by excessive secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands and its accumulation on the skin surface
Derived Forms
seborrhoeal, seborrhoeic (US) seborrheal, seborrheic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for seborrhea
n.

also seborrhoea, "discharge of sebaceous matter, especially as a scalp condition," 1849, coined in Modern Latin as a hybrid, from sebo-, used as comb. form of Latin sebum "tallow, suet, grease" (see sebum) + Greek hroia "flow, flux," from rhein "to flow" (see rheum)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
seborrhea in Medicine

seborrhea seb·or·rhe·a or seb·or·rhoe·a (sěb'ə-rē'ə)
n.
Overactivity of the sebaceous glands characterized by excessive secretion of sebum or an alteration in its quality, resulting in an oily coating, crusts, or scales on the skin.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for seborrhea

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for seborrhea

0
14
Scrabble Words With Friends