cradle cap

noun

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

cradle cap

noun
: 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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