xerophthalmia


xe·roph·thal·mia

noun \ˌzir-ˌäf-ˈthal-mē-ə, -ˌäp-ˈthal-\

Definition of XEROPHTHALMIA

:  a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A
xe·roph·thal·mic \-mik\ adjective

Origin of XEROPHTHALMIA

Late Latin, from Greek xērophthalmia, from xēr- xer- + ophthalmia ophthalmia
First Known Use: circa 1656

xe·roph·thal·mia

noun \ˌzir-ˌäf-ˈthal-mē-ə, -ˌäp-ˈthal-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of XEROPHTHALMIA

: a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A—compare keratomalacia
xe·roph·thal·mic \-mik\ adjective

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