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atopic dermatitis

noun

medical Definition of atopic dermatitis

:a chronic, eczematous skin condition that primarily affects children, is marked especially by intense itching, inflammation, and xerosis, and occurs chiefly in those with a personal or familial history of atopy
  • The hallmarks of atopic dermatitis are a chronic, relapsing form of skin inflammation, a disturbance of epidermal-barrier function that culminates in dry skin, and IgE-mediated sensitization to food and environmental allergens.
  • —Thomas BieberThe New England Journal of Medicine3 Apr. 2008
abbreviation AD

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