Definition of epidermolysis in English:


Line breaks: epi¦derm|oly¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪdəːˈmɒlɪsɪs
(also epidermolysis bullosa /bʊˈləusə/)


[mass noun] Medicine
  • Loosening of the epidermis, with extensive blistering of the skin and mucous membranes, occurring either after injury or as a spontaneous and potentially dangerous condition, particularly in children.
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    • She has been attending Ormond Street Hospital since she was born because she suffers from dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a painful skin condition.
    • What can you tell me about the skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa simplex?
    • Defects in some of these junctional complexes are associated with certain blistering diseases, such as epidermolysis bullosa, where there there is an abnormality of anchoring fibrils.


late 19th century: from Greek epidermis epidermis + -o- + lusis 'loosening'.

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