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ˈdæn drəfdan·druff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dandruffnoun

    a condition in which white scales of dead skin are shed by the scalp

  2. dandruffnoun

    loose scales shed from the scalp

    "I could see the dandruff on her shoulders"


  1. dandruffnoun

    Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis.

    Dandruff is on my collar again.

  2. Etymology: The word is first attested in 1545; the first element is obscure, the second element derives from Northumbrian or E. Anglian dialect huff, hurf, from hrufa, from hreubaz, source of hreofla. More at reef.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dandruffnoun

    Scabs in the head; scurf at the roots of the hair.

    Etymology: often written dendriff, from tan, the itch, and drof, sordid, filthy.


  1. Dandruff

    Dandruff is a skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. Symptoms include flaking and sometimes mild itchiness. It can result in social or self-esteem problems. A more severe form of the condition, which includes inflammation of the skin, is known as seborrhoeic dermatitis.The cause is unclear, but believed to involve a number of genetic and environmental factors; the condition may worsen in the winter. It is not due to poor hygiene, and the underlying mechanism involves the excessive growth of skin cells. Diagnosis is based on symptoms.There is no known cure for dandruff. Antifungal cream, such as ketoconazole, or salicylic acid may be used to try to improve the condition. Dandruff affects about half of adults, with males more often affected than females. In addition, people in all areas of the world are affected. Onset is usually at puberty, and it becomes less common after the age of 50.


  1. dandruff

    Dandruff is a common scalp condition characterized by flaking of the skin. It is often associated with itchiness and can lead to social or self-esteem problems due to the presence of white flakes on the hair and shoulders. This condition is not necessarily related to poor hygiene, but it could get worse if not properly managed. Causes can range from sensitivity to certain hair products, dry skin, certain skin conditions, growth of a specific type of fungus on the scalp, or other factors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dandruffnoun

    a scurf which forms on the head, and comes off in small or particles

  2. Etymology: [Prob. from W. toncrust, peel, skin + AS. drf dirty, draffy, or W. drwg bad: cf. AS. tan a letter, an eruption. 240.]


  1. Dandruff

    Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Dandruff should not be confused with a simple dry scalp. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal; about 487,000 cells/cm² get released normally after detergent treatment. Some people, however, experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a result of certain triggers, up to 800,000 cells/cm², which can also be accompanied by redness and irritation. Dandruff is a common scalp disorder affecting almost half of the population at the post-pubertal age and of any gender and ethnicity. It often causes itching. It has been well established that keratinocytes play a key role in the expression and generation of immunological reactions during dandruff formation. The severity of dandruff may fluctuate with season as it often worsens in winter. Most cases of dandruff can be easily treated with specialized shampoos. There is, however, no true cure. Those affected by dandruff find that it can cause social or self-esteem problems, indicating treatment for both psychological and physiological reasons.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dandruff in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dandruff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dandruff in a Sentence

  1. Peter De Vries:

    Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff -- it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

  2. Clare Boothe Luce:

    Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals -- With no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.

  3. Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1972):

    History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.

  4. Anne Chapas:

    Seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff, is actually a reaction to yeast that lives in our skin, so treating that with an over the counter dandruff shampoo is a lot of the times quite successful.

  5. Peter De Vries:

    Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.

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