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Dryness with ulceration and perforation of the cornea, with absence of inflammatory reactions, occurring in cachectic children; results from severe vitamin A deficiency.
Synonym(s): xerotic keratitis
[kerato- + G. malakia, softness]
Etymology: Gk, xeros, dry, keras, horn, itis, inflammation
an inflammation of the cornea resulting from dryness of the conjunctiva. Underlying causes may be malnutrition, a deficiency of vitamin A, or autoimmune diseases.
Softening, desiccation, and ulceration of cornea resulting from dryness of the conjunctiva.
See also: keratitis