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Xerophthalmia


Xeˊroph-thal′mi-a

,
Noun.
[L., fr. Gr. [GREEK];
ξηρόσ
dry + [GREEK] the eye. See
Ophthalmia
.]
(Med.)
An abnormal dryness of the eyeball produced usually by long-continued inflammation and subsequent atrophy of the conjunctiva.

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xerophthalmia

xerophthalmia

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xerophthalmia (plural xerophthalmias)

  1. (ophthalmology) A condition due to a deficiency of vitamin A where the conjunctiva and cornea become dry. The condition starts with conjunctival xerosis and night blindness and progresses to corneal xerosis and, later, a severe condition called keratomalacia.

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