dryness

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any of several fat-soluble vitamins essential for normal vision; prevents night blindness or inflammation or dryness of the eyes A , antiophthalmic factor , axerophthol , vitamin A
(pathology) gangrene that develops in the presence of arterial obstruction and is characterized by dryness of the dead tissue and a dark brown color cold gangrene , dry gangrene , mumification necrosis , mummification
(obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament complexion
abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A conjunctivitis arida , xeroma , xerophthalmia , xerophthalmus
dryness resulting from the removal of water dehydration , desiccation
abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva dry mouth , xerostomia
hygrometer consisting of a dry-bulb thermometer and a wet-bulb thermometer; their difference indicates the dryness of the surrounding air psychrometer
withered dryness sereness
mild form of ichthyosis characterized by abnormal dryness and roughness of the skin xeroderma , xerodermia
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