Definition of xeroderma in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌzɪərə(ʊ)ˈdəːmə/
Pronunciation: /ˌzɛrə(ʊ)ˈdəːmə/


[mass noun]
Any of various diseases characterized by extreme dryness of the skin, especially a mild form of ichthyosis.
Example sentences
  • These include albinism, xeroderma pigmentosa, Bazex's syndrome, and the naevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (Gorlin's syndrome).
  • In this study we report normal UV-upregulation of reporter expression in xeroderma pigmento-sum group E fibroblasts, consistent with normal TCR.
  • Individual DNA repair capacity strongly influences skin cancer susceptibility as illustrated in cancer prone DNA repair-deficient xeroderma pigmentosutn patients.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from xero- 'dry' + Greek derma 'skin'.

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