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xeroderma pigmentosum

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noun xe·ro·der·ma pig·men·to·sum \ˌzir-ə-ˈdər-mə-ˌpig-mən-ˈtō-səm, -ˌmen-\

Definition of xeroderma pigmentosum

  1. :  a genetic disorder inherited as a recessive autosomal trait that is caused by a defect in mechanisms that repair DNA mutations (as those caused by ultraviolet light) and is characterized by the development of pigment abnormalities and multiple skin cancers in areas exposed to the sun



Origin and Etymology of xeroderma pigmentosum

New Latin, literally, pigmented dryness of the skin


First Known Use: 1884


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xeroderma pigmentosum

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noun xeroderma pig·men·to·sum \-ˌpig-mən-ˈtō-səm, -ˌmen-\

Medical Definition of xeroderma pigmentosum

  1. :  a genetic condition inherited chiefly as a recessive autosomal trait that is caused by a defect in mechanisms that repair DNA mutations (as those caused by ultraviolet light) and is characterized by the development of pigment abnormalities and multiple skin cancers in body areas exposed to the sun—abbreviation XP




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