Allergic Skin Disorders

Picture of Xerosis

Picture of Xerosis

Xerosis: Abnormal dryness of the skin (xeroderma), of the conjunctiva of the eye (xerophthalmia), or of the mucous membranes such as dry mouth (xerostomia).

The word "xerosis" literally means "dry condition." It was compounded from the Greek roots "xero-" (dry) and "-osis" (condition).

Image Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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