der·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy ˌdər-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce dermatology (audio)
: a branch of medicine dealing with the skin, its structure, functions, and diseases
dermatologic adjective
or dermatological
dermatologist noun

Example Sentences

One of the doctors at the clinic specializes in dermatology.
Recent Examples on the Web Meet the experts: Sameer Bashey, MD, is a clinical instructor in dermatology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Allure Editors, Allure, 24 Feb. 2023 There are a variety of factors that can affect the health of your skin barrier, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic & clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. April Benshosan, Women's Health, 23 Feb. 2023 Since its development in the late 1970s, the Fitzpatrick scale has been the go-to system of classification for skin in dermatology and the beauty industry. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Jan. 2023 Researchers here have used various color scales used in dermatology and for other tech applications. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 16 Dec. 2022 Only studies of cow’s milk show worsening acne conditions, says Julia Mhlaba, an assistant professor in dermatology at Northwestern Medicine. Daphne Yao, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 The group plans to develop two new clinics in 2023, which are quicker to build than hospitals and are designed for procedures that don’t require overnight stays — for example, those in ophthalmology, gynecology and dermatology. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 6 Feb. 2023 Specialty care—things like cardiology, nephrology, dermatology and orthopedics—tends to differ tremendously from primary care and urgent care in its accessibility. Jeffrey Wessler, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Address inflammation is also key, according to dermatologist Shin Hae Won at Oracle, a major dermatology and skin-care clinic in Seoul. Devon Abelman, Allure, 19 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dermatology was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Dermatology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


der·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy ˌdər-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jē How to pronounce dermatology (audio)
: a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, functions, and diseases of the skin

Medical Definition


der·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy ˌdər-mə-ˈtäl-ə-jē How to pronounce dermatology (audio)
plural dermatologies
: a branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its structure, functions, and diseases
dermatologist noun

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