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Princeton's WordNet

  1. xanthoma(noun)

    a skin problem marked by the development (on the eyelids and neck and back) of irregular yellow nodules; sometimes attributable to disturbances of cholesterol metabolism


  1. xanthoma(Noun)

    A small, yellow nodule, rich in cholesterol and other lipids, that occurs in the skin, often near a joint

  2. Origin: From xantho- + -oma.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Xanthoma(noun)

    a skin disease marked by the development or irregular yellowish patches upon the skin, especially upon the eyelids; -- called also xanthelasma

  2. Origin: [NL. See Xantho-, and -oma.]


  1. Xanthoma

    A xanthoma, from Greek xanthos, ξανθος, "yellow", is a deposition of yellowish cholesterol-rich material in tendons or other body parts in various disease states. They are cutaneous manifestations of lipidosis in which there is an accumulation of lipids in large foam cells within the skin. They are associated with hyperlipidemias, both primary and secondary types. Tendon xanthomas are associated with Type II hyperlipidemia, chronic biliary tract obstruction, and primary biliary cirrhosis. Palmar xanthomata and tuboeruptive xanthomata occur in Type III hyperlipidaemia


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