Definitions for: Xerophthalmia


[n] abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes; may be due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A



Webster (1913) Definition: Xe`roph*thal"mi*a, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ? dry + ?
the eye. See Ophthalmia.] (Med.)
An abnormal dryness of the eyeball produced usually by
long-continued inflammation and subsequent atrophy of the
conjunctiva.

Synonyms: conjunctivitis arida, xeroma, xerophthalmus

See Also: dryness, waterlessness, xerotes


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