dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \

Definition of dandruff

: scaly white or grayish flakes of dead skin cells especially of the scalp also : the condition marked by excessive shedding of such flakes and usually accompanied by itching

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Other Words from dandruff

dandruffy \ ˈdan-​drə-​fē How to pronounce dandruffy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dandruff in a Sentence

The shampoo is supposed to help control dandruff.
Recent Examples on the Web The presence of yeast on the scalp causes inflammation, leading to flaking and dandruff, Zeichner says. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses are the Easy At-Home Treatment Your Hair Needs," 16 June 2020 Smooth on this mixture to repair dry and brittle hair, balance pH levels, treat dandruff, and remove product build-up. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Best DIY Hair Masks That Work Just as Well As the Store-Bought Kind (But Cost Way Less)," 20 Apr. 2020 The extra-sticky texture also traps pet dandruff and any loose dirt or grass Fido might track inside. Elizabeth Sheldon, Country Living, "Before Adopting a New Dog, Make Sure You Have These Essentials," 15 Apr. 2020 Former aficionados of the popular haircare brand DevaCurl are now decrying the company, alleging that consistent use of its products has led to adverse symptoms, such as hair loss and damage, itchy and burning scalps, curl relaxation and dandruff. NBC News, "Former DevaCurl aficionados allege products cause hair loss," 10 Feb. 2020 The symptoms of dry skin on cats include white dandruff-like flakes appearing in their fur, and noticing your pet scratching at itchy areas. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Treat Dry Skin on Cats, According to Veterinarians," 30 Dec. 2019 This shampoo, which Paul Cellura, MD, dermatologist at Tribeca Skin Center in New York City likes, relies on one percent coal tar to ease flaking and scalp irritation associated with seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and scalp psoriasis. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "The most purchased beauty products we covered this holiday season," 29 Dec. 2019 Scientists have found that one fungus that can cause skin irritation and dandruff is also linked to inflammatory bowel diseases. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "What We Learned in 2019: Health and Medicine," 26 Dec. 2019 Bordone says stress can also contribute to seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff. NBC News, "Best shampoos for dry scalp, according to these dermatologists," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dandruff

1545, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dandruff

probably from dand- (origin unknown) + -ruff, from Middle English rove scabby condition, from Old Norse hrūfa scab; akin to Old High German hruf scurf, Lithuanian kraupus rough

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The first known use of dandruff was in 1545

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22 Jun 2020

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“Dandruff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandruff. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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dandruff

noun
How to pronounce dandruff (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dandruff

: very small white pieces of dead skin that form especially on a person's head

dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \

Kids Definition of dandruff

: thin dry whitish flakes of dead skin that form on the scalp and come off freely

dandruff

noun
dan·​druff | \ ˈdan-drəf How to pronounce dandruff (audio) \

Medical Definition of dandruff

: scaly white or grayish flakes of dead skin cells especially of the scalp also : the condition marked by excessive shedding of such flakes and usually accompanied by itching

Other Words from dandruff

dandruffy \ -​ē How to pronounce dandruffy (audio) \ adjective

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