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 [der″mah-to´sis] (pl. dermato´ses)
Any noninflammatory disorder of the skin.
lichenoid dermatosis any skin disorder characterized by thickening and hardening of the skin.
precancerous dermatosis any skin condition in which the lesions, such as warts, nevi, or other excrescences, are likely to undergo malignant degeneration.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


, pl.


(der-mă-tō'sis, -sēz),
Nonspecific term used to denote any cutaneous abnormality or eruption.
[dermato- + G. -osis, condition]
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n. pl. dermato·ses (-sēz)
A skin disease, especially one that is not accompanied by inflammation.
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A generic term for any skin lesion which, without qualifiers and further information regarding location, timing, and patient details, provides no meaningful information to the dermatologist or histopathologist.
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, pl. dermatoses (dĕrmă-tōsis, -sēz)
Nonspecific term used to denote any cutaneous abnormality or eruption.
[dermato- + G. -osis, condition]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


Any skin disease.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


A noninflammatory skin disorder.
Mentioned in: Skin Biopsy
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, pl. dermatoses (dĕrmă-tōsis, -sēz)
Nonspecific term denoting cutaneous abnormality or eruption.
[dermato- + G. -osis, condition]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about dermatosis

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Besides, we attempted to highlight the socioeconomic correlation among the school children regarding their dermatoses. In analysing the type of residence, a maximum of 278(55.7%) children resided in individual type of houses with many siblings.
In particular, inflammatory dermatoses such as atopic dermatitis have been linked to PN [10].
Modi, "Acquired perforating dermatoses in patients with diabetic kidney disease on hemodialysis," Hemodialysis International, vol.
A total number of 30 patients showing evidence of linear dermatoses were taken up in this study.
It identified 5 factors associated with self-medication which are female sex, duration of dermatologic disease more than one year before consultation, and having developed the following type of skin diseases: adnexal dermatoses, keratinization disorders, and fungal skin infections.
According to current classification of itch, 7 (11.8%) out of 59 women with pruritus had dermatologic itch connected with specific dermatoses of pregnancy (AEP, PEP, and PG).
This group of dermatologic disorders is the most common of the dermatoses of pregnancy, accounting for almost 50% of cases (Ambros 2011).
Many pre-existing dermatoses may be exacerbated or ameliorated by pregnancy.
[sup][2] Tacrolimus, a hydrophobic macrolide lactone with potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities, has been documented to be useful in various inflammatory dermatoses. It remains to be determined whether the facilitation of herpes simplex infection is more related to the underlying skin barrier/immune defect in atopic state or is mainly caused by the immunosuppressive effect of tacrolimus.
"Thankfully, most of the patients complaining of pruritus have visible dermatoses," he said at the annual meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association.
(1) Interestingly, the features of neutrophilic lobular and/or septal panniculitis, as in ENL, are also seen in the subcutaneous variety of Sweet's syndrome and needs differentiation from other dermatoses with similar histology (alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, factitial panniculitis, infection, leucocytoclastic vasculitis, pancreatitis, and rheumatoid arthritis).
Skin findings of Sweet syndrome should be differentiated from the other neutrophilic dermatoses (erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum, pyoderma gangrenozum, leukocytoclastic vasculitis and infections) (8, 19).