cradle cap

noun
|Updated on: 27 Jun 2018

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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circa 1890

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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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