xeroderma pigmentosum

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xe·​ro·​der·​ma pig·​men·​to·​sum | \ˌzir-ə-ˈdər-mə-ˌpig-mən-ˈtō-səm, -ˌmen-\

Definition of xeroderma pigmentosum 

: a genetic disorder inherited as a recessive autosomal trait that is caused by a defect in mechanisms that repair DNA mutations (such as those caused by ultraviolet light) and is characterized by the development of pigment abnormalities and multiple skin cancers in areas exposed to the sun

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Riley was born with xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a rare skin condition characterized by extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet rays from sunlight, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Maya Eliahou And Justin Lear, CNN, "Her rare skin condition keeps her indoors, but she braved the sun to walk at graduation," 9 June 2018 In the movie, Bella plays a girl named Katie who has lived most of her life indoors due to a condition called xeroderma pigmentosum that her extremely sensitive to sunlight. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger Compete in Teen Vogue's Compliment Battle," 22 Mar. 2018 Based on the Japanese film of the same name, 17-year-old Katie Price has a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight caused by the rare genetic condition, xeroderma pigmentosum. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About “Midnight Sun," the Movie That's Gonna Make Your Squad Sob Real Tears," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of xeroderma pigmentosum

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for xeroderma pigmentosum

New Latin, literally, pigmented dryness of the skin

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The first known use of xeroderma pigmentosum was in 1884

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xeroderma pigmentosum

noun
xeroderma pig·​men·​to·​sum | \-ˌpig-mən-ˈtō-səm, -ˌmen- \

Medical Definition of xeroderma pigmentosum 

: a genetic condition inherited chiefly as a recessive autosomal trait that is caused by a defect in mechanisms that repair DNA mutations (as those caused by ultraviolet light) and is characterized by the development of pigment abnormalities and multiple skin cancers in body areas exposed to the sun abbreviation XP

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