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xerophthalmia

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noun xe·roph·thal·mia \ˌzir-ˌäf-ˈthal-mē-ə, -ˌäp-ˈthal-\

Definition of xerophthalmia

  1. :  a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A

xerophthalmic

play \-mik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of xerophthalmia

Late Latin, from Greek xērophthalmia, from xēr- xer- + ophthalmia ophthalmia


First Known Use: circa 1656


Medical Dictionary

xerophthalmia

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noun xe·roph·thal·mia \ˌzir-ˌäf-ˈthal-mē-ə, -ˌäp-ˈthal-\

Medical Definition of xerophthalmia

  1. :  a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A—compare keratomalacia

xerophthalmic

\-mik\play adjective



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