Definitions for xanthosis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. xanthosis(noun)

    an abnormal yellow discoloration of the skin


  1. xanthosis(Noun)

    A yellowish discolouration of tissues undergoing degeneration.

  2. Origin: From xantho- + -osis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Xanthosis(noun)

    the yellow discoloration often observed in cancerous tumors

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. xanqo`s yellow.]


  1. Xanthosis

    Xanthosis is a type of skin-related disease where one has an abnormal yellow discolouration of the skin, resulting from the accumulation of cholesterol within the skin cells. It can also have such effect that there may be a yellowish discoloration of degenerating tissues, especially seen in malignant neoplasms. It was the championship word used in the 1995 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The yellowing of the skin but not the eyes.


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