der·​ma·​to·​my·​o·​si·​tis | \ ˌdər-mə-tō-ˌmī-ə-ˈsī-təs How to pronounce dermatomyositis (audio) , (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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Recent Examples on the Web Bell died at the age of 29 because of dermatomyositis and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Los Angeles Times, "Sports Report: Vote in biggest icon in L.A. sports history tournament (football regional)," 8 Apr. 2020 Morgan Gleason suffers from a disease called juvenile dermatomyositis, which causes severe muscle weakness and treatment requires expensive infusion therapy once a month, in a hospital. Anna Werner /, CBS News, "Medical bills jump from $220 to $4,000 a month – for a treatment her life depends on," 25 Sep. 2019 There isn’t a cure for dermatomyositis, but the symptoms can be treated. Maggie O'neill,, "The Large, Painful Sores on This Man's Hands Were Caused By An Extremely Rare Inflammatory Disease," 31 July 2019 Krick was diagnosed in second grade with dermatomyositis, which causes inflammation of the skin and underlying muscle tissues leading to discoloration and swelling. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Top Arizona high school athletes honored at azcentral Sports Awards," 10 June 2018 In the second grade, Kendall was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, a disease that attacks the muscles. Richard Obert, azcentral, "azcentral Sports Awards: Courage Award finalists," 6 June 2018 Battling dermatomyositis, the senior guard led the team in assists (3.9) and added on 11.7 points per game. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year nominees," 17 Mar. 2018 Ellie Ramos, 50, of Paradise Hills received meal delivery services from Mama’s Kitchen from 2012 to 2015 while battling breast cancer, severe radiation burns and the connective tissue disease dermatomyositis. Pam Kragen,, "Attorney marks 25 years of service to Mama's Kitchen," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of dermatomyositis

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dermatomyositis

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“Dermatomyositis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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der·​ma·​to·​my·​o·​si·​tis | \ -ˌmī-ə-ˈsīt-əs How to pronounce dermatomyositis (audio) \
plural dermatomyositises or dermatomyositides\ -​ˈsit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce dermatomyositis (audio) \

Medical Definition of dermatomyositis

: 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 Massad, Discover, October 2009 abbreviation DM

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