Xeroderma-pigmentosum meaning

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A rare hereditary skin disorder caused by a defect in the enzymes that repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet light.
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A rare hereditary skin disorder caused by a defect in the enzymes that repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet light.
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(medicine) A rare genetic disorder in which DNA damaged by ultraviolet light is not repaired and the skin becomes sensitive to such light; a skin cancer that can subsequently develop.
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Origin of xeroderma-pigmentosum

  • New Latin xēroderma pigmentōsum xēroderma xeroderma pigmentōsum neuter of pigmentōsus of pigment

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ξηρός (ksÄ“ros, “dry") δέρμα (derma, “skin") and Latin pigmentōsus (“pigmented, stained").

    From Wiktionary