Definitions for ichthyosisˌɪk θiˈoʊ sɪs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ich•thy•o•sisˌɪk θiˈoʊ sɪs(n.)
a hereditary disorder of the outermost horny tissue characterized by dry, scaly skin.
any of several congenital diseases in which the skin is dry and scaly like a fish
A disease which gives the sufferer a dry, scaly skin.
Origin: Modern , from ichthyo- + -osis.
a disease in which the skin is thick, rough, and scaly; -- called also fishskin
Ichthyosis is a heterogeneous family of at least 28, generalized, mostly genetic skin disorders. All types of ichthyosis have dry, thickened, scaly or flaky skin. In many types there is cracked skin, which is said to resemble the scales on a fish; the word ichthyosis comes from the Ancient Greek ιχθύς, meaning "fish." The severity of symptoms can vary enormously, from the mildest types such as ichthyosis vulgaris which may be mistaken for normal dry skin up to life-threatening conditions such as harlequin type ichthyosis. The most common type of ichthyosis is ichthyosis vulgaris, accounting for more than 95% of cases.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Any of several generalized skin disorders characterized by dryness, roughness, and scaliness, due to hypertrophy of the stratum corneum epidermis. Most are genetic, but some are acquired, developing in association with other systemic disease or genetic syndrome.
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