cradle cap

noun

Definition of cradle cap

: a seborrheic condition in infants that usually affects the scalp and is characterized by greasy gray or dark brown adherent scaly crusts

Examples of cradle cap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In babies, seborrheic dermatitis is called cradle cap. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, 2 Nov. 2020 Most cases of cradle cap will resolve within the first year of life. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 Many babies have dry, flaking, peeling, or scaly skin — hello, cradle cap! — and these issues especially flare up in the dry winter. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 25 Nov. 2019 His mother taught them how to bathe the baby, how to treat cradle cap. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of cradle cap

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cradle cap was circa 1890

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“Cradle cap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cradle%20cap. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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cradle cap

noun

Medical Definition of cradle cap

: a seborrheic condition in infants that usually affects the scalp and is characterized by greasy gray or dark brown adherent scaly crusts

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