acantholysis

noun
ac·​an·​thol·​y·​sis | \ ˌak-ˌan-ˈthäl-ə-səs How to pronounce acantholysis (audio) , ˌā-ˌkan- How to pronounce acantholysis (audio) , ˌak-ən- \
plural acantholyses\ -​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce acantholyses (audio) \

Medical Definition of acantholysis

: loss of coherence between keratinocytes of the epidermis that is due to breakdown of desmosomal intercellular attachments and is characteristic of various conditions (as pemphigus and herpesvirus infection) marked by vesicular eruption

Other Words from acantholysis

acantholytic \ ə-​ˌkan-​thə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce acantholytic (audio) \ adjective
acantholytic cells acantholytic blistering

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“Acantholysis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/acantholysis. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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