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.

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In one memorable scene, the U.S. president flicked what appeared to be a piece of dandruff off Macron’s lapel in front of White House photographers, an apparent visible reinforcement of the power dynamic at play. James Mcauley, Washington Post, "Trump and Macron planted a friendship tree. Now it’s dead.," 11 June 2019 Aside from scrubbing away a week's worth of dry shampoo, a scalp scrub can also help buff away dandruff flakes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Frank Body's First-Ever Hair-Care Products Include a Scalp Scrub and Mask — and There’s Already a Waitlist," 17 May 2019 Researchers generally chalked up the debris to the cellular equivalent of dandruff and didn’t pay much attention. Quanta Magazine, "Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses," 2 May 2018 To make sure hair stays nourished through the frequent washings, choose a hydrating dandruff shampoo, such as Dove DermaCare Scalp Pure Daily Care Shampoo ($4.99; at drugstores). Lauren Balsamo, Redbook, "How Long Does It Take Your Favorite Beauty Products to Work?," 10 July 2017 Additionally, this yeast (pityrosporum) builds up, leading to dandruff. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Why Exactly Does My Hair Hurt?," 7 Mar. 2019 But some research suggests shampoos with the antidandruff ingredient zinc pyrithione can mitigate hair loss that’s caused by conditions like dandruff, says Mirmirani. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 This yeast that causes dandruff, malassezia furfur, thrives on oily scalps. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "6 Ways Working Out Affects Your Skin," 27 July 2018 Read more stories about body image: Now, learn how to turn any shampoo into a dandruff-fighting treatment: Follow Kaleigh on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Body-Positive Blogger Carmen Rene Beautifully Recreates Kim Kardashian's Nude KKW Body Ads," 2 May 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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dandruff

noun

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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