[ˌzɪərɒf'θalmɪə, ˌzɛ-]
noun Medicine abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye, typically associated with vitamin A deficiency.

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  • Xerophthalmia — Classification and external resources ICD 10 E50.6 E50.7 ICD 9 …   Wikipedia

  • xerophthalmia — [zir΄äf thal′mē ə] n. [LL < Gr xērophthalmia: see XERO & OPHTHALMIA] a form of conjunctivitis characterized by a dry and lusterless condition of the eyeball and caused by a deficiency of vitamin A xerophthalmic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Xerophthalmia — Xe roph*thal mi*a, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ? dry + ? the eye. See {Ophthalmia}.] (Med.) An abnormal dryness of the eyeball produced usually by long continued inflammation and subsequent atrophy of the conjunctiva. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Xerophthalmia — Xerophthalmia, griech., trockene Augenentzündung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Xerophthalmia — Dry eyes. Also, called conjunctivitis arida. Xerophthalmia can be associated with systemic diseases (such as Sjögren s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis, hypothyroidism, and… …   Medical dictionary

  • xerophthalmia — noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek xērophthalmia, from xēr xer + ophthalmia ophthalmia Date: circa 1656 a dry thickened lusterless condition of the eyeball resulting especially from a severe systemic deficiency of vitamin A • xerophthalmic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • xerophthalmia — xerophthalmic, adj. /zear of thal mee euh, op /, n. Ophthalm. abnormal dryness of the eyeball characterized by conjunctivitis, caused by a deficiency of tears and attributed to a lack of vitamin A. [1650 60; XER + OPHTHALMIA] * * * …   Universalium

  • xerophthalmia — noun A condition due to a deficiency of vitamin A where the conjunctiva and cornea become dry. The condition starts with conjunctival xerosis and night blindness and progresses to corneal xerosis and, later, a severe condition called… …   Wiktionary

  • xerophthalmia — n. type of eye disease causing dryness of the eye (Medicine, Ophthalmology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • xerophthalmia — xe·roph·thal·mia …   English syllables

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