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acantholysis

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noun ac·an·thol·y·sis \ˌak-ˌan-ˈthäl-ə-səs, ˌā-ˌkan-, ˌak-ən-\

Medical Definition of acantholysis

plural acantholyses \-ə-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  loss of coherence between keratinocytes of the epidermis that is due to breakdown of desmosomal intercellular attachments and is characteristic of various conditions (as pemphigus and herpesvirus infection) marked by vesicular eruption

acantholytic \ə-ˌkan-thə-ˈlit-ik\ play adjective <acantholytic cells> <acantholytic blistering>



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