dermatomyositis

noun der·ma·to·my·o·si·tis \ ˌdər-mə-tō-ˌmī-ə-ˈsī-təs , (ˌ)dər-ˌma- \

Definition of dermatomyositis

:polymyositis that is accompanied by involvement of the skin and that is marked especially by reddish erythematous eruptions usually on the face, neck, upper trunk and distal half of the limbs and by violet-colored erythema of the eyelids and region over the upper eyelids

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dermatomyositis

noun der·ma·to·my·o·si·tis \ -ˌmī-ə-ˈsīt-əs \

medical Definition of dermatomyositis

plural dermatomyositises or dermatomyositides play \-ˈsit-ə-ˌdēz\
:polymyositis that is accompanied by involvement of the skin and that is typically marked by reddish erythematous eruptions especially on the face, neck, upper trunk and distal half of the limbs, by periorbital edema, by violet-colored erythema of the eyelids and region over the upper eyelids, and sometimes by cutaneous vasculitis or subcutaneous calcification
  • The specific trigger for dermatomyositis is not known, but it is thought that several cancers can produce or incite the body to produce antibodies, proteins, and hormones.
  • —Stewart MassadDiscoverOctober 2009
abbreviation DM

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