Definition of xeroderma in English:


Line breaks: xero|derma
Pronunciation: /ˌzɪərə(ʊ)ˈdəːmə
, ˌzɛ-/


[mass noun]
  • Any of various diseases characterized by extreme dryness of the skin, especially a mild form of ichthyosis.
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    • 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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