seb·​or·​rhea ˌse-bə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce seborrhea (audio)
: abnormally increased secretion and discharge of sebum
seborrheic adjective

Examples of seborrhea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This powerful element helps control sebum production, reducing the greasiness that often accompanies seborrhea. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Seborrheic Dermatitis Seborrheic dermatitis (also known as seborrhea) affects children under age 2 and is most common in infants from 0 to 3 months. Parents Editors, Parents, 3 Sep. 2023 This is particularly beneficial for dogs with seborrhea, a condition characterized by excessive oiliness and scaling. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Malin + Goetz co-founder Matthew Malin, who has rosacea, eczema, seborrhea, fragrance allergies, and dry skin, formulated this product to be safe for people with sensitive skin. Talia Ergas, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2023 This shampoo is designed to treat a number of skin conditions including seborrhea, mange, and other parasitic infections. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 This medicated shampoo is formulated to treat a variety of skin conditions including allergies, hot spots, seborrhea, and mange. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin sebum + New Latin -rrhea

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seborrhea was circa 1860

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“Seborrhea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or British seborrhoea
: abnormally increased secretion and discharge of sebum producing an oily appearance of the skin and the formation of greasy scales

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