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xeroma

Definition:

abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Plural:

xeromas

Type of:

dryness » condition » state » attribute

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

xer- + -oma.
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

xeroma [ophthalmology]

excessive dryness of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by a deficiency of vitamin A (14 of 184 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/xeroma

Wiktionary:

xeroma [medicine] | xeromas [plural]

Dryness of the eye. (4 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/xeroma

Wikipedia:

Xerophthalmia | dry eyes

a medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears. It may be caused by a deficiency in vitamin A and is sometimes used to describe that lack, although there may be other causes. Xerophthalmia caused by a severe vitamin A deficiency is... (44 of 1052 words, pronunciation)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Xerophthalmia

Merriam-Webster:

xerophthalmia | xerophthalmic [adjective, related]

a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A (18 of 44 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/xerophthalmia

Oxford Dictionary:

xerophthalmia

Syllabification: (xe·roph·thal·mi·a) | [medicine] | abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye, with inflammation and ridge formation, ... (18 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/xerophthalmia

xerophthalmia [medicine]

abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye, with inflammation and ridge formation, typically associated with vitamin A deficiency (21 of 43 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/xerophthalmia

New World Dictionary:

xerophthalmia | xerophthalmic [adjective, related]

a form of conjunctivitis characterized by a dry and lusterless condition of the eyeball and caused by a deficiency of vitamin A (22 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/xerophthalmia

Random House Dictionary:

xerophthalmia [ophthalmology]

abnormal dryness of the eyeball characterized by conjunctivitis, caused by a deficiency of tears and attributed to a lack of vitamin A. (22 of 29 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/xerophthalmia

American Heritage Dictionary:

xerophthalmia | xerophthalmic [adjective, related]

Extreme dryness and thickening of the conjunctiva, often resulting from a deficiency of vitamin A. (15 of 20 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/xerophthalmia

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dry | dryer [comparative] | dryest [superlative] | as dry as a bone | dry cough | not a dry eye in the house | dryness [noun, uncountable, related]

something that is dry has no water in it or on it ; used about a liquid such as paint when it has become hard or solid | dry weather is when there is ... (33 of 295 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dry

Encarta Dictionary:

xerophthalmia | xerophthalmic [adjective, derived]

an eye disease caused by vitamin A deficiency, marked by dryness and ulceration of the conjunctiva and cornea. If untreated, it may cause blindness. (24 of 41 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861706811​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

xeroma [medicine] | xeromas [plural]

Origin: xer- + -oma.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/xeroma

-oma

Origin: Ancient Greek -ωμα (-ōma).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-oma

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

xerophthalmia [pathology]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "xeroma"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/xerophthalmia

the Free Dictionary:

xeroma

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "xeroma"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "xeroma"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/xeroma

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