Definitions for xerostomia
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xerostomia, dry mouth(noun)
abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva
Abnormal dryness of the mouth.
Xerostomia is the medical term for the subjective symptom of dryness in the mouth, which may be associated with a change in the composition of saliva, reduced salivary flow, or have no identifiable cause. Xerostomia is sometimes colloquially called pasties, cottonmouth, drooth, or doughmouth. This symptom is very common, and is often seen as a side effect of many types of medication. It is more common in older people and in persons who breathe through their mouths. Dehydration, radiotherapy involving the salivary glands and several diseases can cause hyposalivation or a change in saliva consistency and hence a complaint of xerostomia. Sometimes there is no identifiable cause, and there may be a psychogenic reason for the complaint.
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Decreased salivary flow.
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