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xeroderma pigmentosum

[pig-muh n-toh-suh m] /ˌpɪg mənˈtoʊ səm/
noun, Pathology
a rare inherited disease characterized by sensitivity to ultraviolet light, exposure resulting in lesions and tumors of the skin and eyes.
Origin of xeroderma pigmentosum
1880-85; < New Latin: pigmented xeroderma; see pigment, -ose1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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xeroderma-pigmentosum in Medicine

xeroderma pigmentosum xeroderma pig·men·to·sum (pĭg'mən-tō'səm, -měn-)
A rare hereditary skin disorder caused by a defect in the enzymes that repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet light and resulting in hypersensitivity to the carcinogenic effect of ultraviolet light.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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