Definition of xerophthalmia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌziräfˈTHalmēə/
Pronunciation: /ˌziˌräpˈTHalmēə/


Abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye, with inflammation and ridge formation, typically associated with vitamin A deficiency.
Example sentences
  • A guide to their use in the treatment and prevention of vitamin A deficiency and xerophthalmia.
  • Of these, 9 children had overt vitamin A deficiency as evident by the presence of xerophthalmia.
  • This product has lost most of its vitamins A and D, which are needed to ward off xerophthalmia (an eye disease) and rickets.

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Syllabification: xe·roph·thal·mi·a

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