xerophthalmia

noun
xe·​roph·​thal·​mia | \ ˌzir-ˌäf-ˈthal-mē-ə How to pronounce xerophthalmia (audio) , ˌzir-ˌäp-ˈthal-\

Definition of xerophthalmia

: a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A

Other Words from xerophthalmia

xerophthalmic \ ˌzir-​ˌäf-​ˈthal-​mik How to pronounce xerophthalmic (audio) , ˌzir-​ˌäp-​ˈthal-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of xerophthalmia

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for xerophthalmia

Late Latin, from Greek xērophthalmia, from xēr- xer- + ophthalmia ophthalmia

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xerophthalmia

noun
xe·​roph·​thal·​mia | \ ˌzir-ˌäf-ˈthal-mē-ə, -ˌäp-ˈthal- How to pronounce xerophthalmia (audio) \

Medical Definition of xerophthalmia

: a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A — compare keratomalacia

Other Words from xerophthalmia

xerophthalmic \ -​mik How to pronounce xerophthalmic (audio) \ adjective

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