noun \ˌdər-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē\

medical : the scientific study of the skin and its diseases

Full Definition of DERMATOLOGY

:  a branch of medicine dealing with the skin, its structure, functions, and diseases
der·ma·to·log·ic \-mə-tə-ˈlä-jik\ or der·ma·to·log·i·cal \-ji-kəl\ adjective
der·ma·tol·o·gist \-mə-ˈtä-lə-jist\ noun


  1. One of the doctors at the clinic specializes in dermatology.

First Known Use of DERMATOLOGY



noun \ˌdər-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural der·ma·tol·o·gies

Medical Definition of DERMATOLOGY

: a branch of science dealing with the skin, its structure, functions, and diseases
der·ma·tol·o·gist \-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jəst\ noun


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medical specialty dealing with diseases of the skin. Its scientific basis was established in the mid-19th century by Ferdinand von Hebra (1816–1880), whose approach was based on microscopic examination of skin lesions. Starting in the 1930s, an emphasis on biochemistry and physiology led to more sophisticated and effective treatments. Dermatology deals with fungal diseases, skin cancers, psoriasis, and life-threatening skin diseases such as pemphigus, scleroderma, and lupus erythematosus.


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