dandruff

noun dan·druff \ ˈdan-drəf \

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

dandruffy

play \-drə-fē\ adjective

Examples of dandruff in a Sentence

  1. The shampoo is supposed to help control dandruff.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


DANDRUFF Defined for English Language Learners

dandruff

noun

Definition of dandruff for English Language Learners

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


DANDRUFF Defined for Kids

dandruff

noun dan·druff \ ˈdan-drəf \

Definition of dandruff for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

dandruff

noun dan·druff \ ˈdan-drəf \

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

dandruffy

play \\ adjective

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