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

Other Words from dandruff

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

Examples of dandruff in a Sentence

The shampoo is supposed to help control dandruff.
Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, there are apple cider vinegar hair rinses available at your disposal to cleanse your scalp of build-up and dandruff flakes while boosting shine at the same time. Allure, 23 June 2022 Tea tee oil, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and coconut oil have all been shown to have anti-fungal properties, which kills the dandruff-causing yeast. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 31 May 2022 Salicylic acid works to prevent scalp irritation and reduce dandruff. ELLE, 11 June 2022 This is a gentle product that fights dandruff with ingredients like pyrithione zinc. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 These products can help calm scalp irritation, remove buildup, balance sebum levels, and treat conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 31 May 2022 Follow it up with SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Conditioner to get rid of dandruff for good. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 The use of an anti-yeast product, such as ketoconazole, which Nizoral contains, can also be helpful in eliminating dandruff and excess oil, says Ilyas, who endorses this shampoo. Brie Schwartz, Seventeen, 17 May 2022 This in turn helps with issues like hair loss, excessing shedding, premature graying, color fading, dryness, dandruff and greasiness. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandruff. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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 dandruff (audio) \ adjective

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