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[zeer-uh-dur-muh] /ˌzɪər əˈdɜr mə/
noun, Pathology.
a disease in which the skin becomes dry, hard, and scaly.
Origin of xeroderma
1840-50; xero- + -derma Unabridged
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  • Such a skin affection, known as icthyosis, xerosis or xeroderma, is usually due to heredity.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for xeroderma


noun (pathol)
any abnormal dryness of the skin as the result of diminished secretions from the sweat or sebaceous glands
another name for ichthyosis
Derived Forms
xerodermatic (ˌzɪərəʊdəˈmætɪk), xerodermatous, adjective
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xeroderma in Medicine

xeroderma xe·ro·der·ma (zēr'ō-dûr'mə) or xe·ro·der·mi·a (-mē-ə)
Excessive or abnormal dryness of the skin, as in ichthyosis.

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