acantholysis

noun
ac·​an·​thol·​y·​sis | \ˌak-ˌan-ˈthäl-ə-səs, ˌā-ˌkan-, ˌak-ən-\
plural acantholyses\ -​ə-​ˌsēz \

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

Learn More about acantholysis

Share acantholysis

Comments on acantholysis

What made you want to look up acantholysis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

noxious or harmful

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a-traditional-thanksgiving-dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!