peau dʼorange


peau dʼo·​range ˌpō-ˌdȯr-ˈänj How to pronounce peau dʼorange (audio)
: thickened, dimpled skin that resembles the rind of an orange and is often associated with some forms of breast cancer
There was a mass, 6 to 7 cm in diameter, in the upper outer quadrant of the right breast … and the overlying skin had peau d'orange changes, without erythema.José Baselga et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 24 May 2012
And when a swelling stretches the skin so much that pores become visible, doctors call it peau d'orange, or "skin of an orange."Patricia Volk, New York Times, 19 Aug. 1990

Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peau dʼorange was in 1896

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“Peau dʼorange.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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