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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.


, pl.


(der-mă-tō'sis, -sēz),
Nonspecific term used to denote any cutaneous abnormality or eruption.
[dermato- + G. -osis, condition]


/der·ma·to·sis/ (der″mah-to´sis) pl. dermato´ses   any skin disease, especially one not characterized by inflammation.
dermatosis papulo´sa ni´gra  a form of seborrheic keratosis seen chiefly in blacks, with multiple miliary pigmented papules usually on the cheek bones, but sometimes occurring more widely on the face and neck.
progressive pigmentary dermatosis  Schamberg's disease.
subcorneal pustular dermatosis  a bullous dermatosis resembling dermatitis herpetiformis, with single and grouped vesicles and sterile pustular blebs beneath the stratum corneum of the skin.


n. pl. dermato·ses (-sēz)
A skin disease, especially one that is not accompanied by inflammation.


Etymology: Gk, derma + osis, condition
any disorder of the skin, especially those not associated with inflammation. Compare dermatitis.


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.


, pl. dermatoses (dĕrmă-tōsis, -sēz)
Nonspecific term used to denote any cutaneous abnormality or eruption.
[dermato- + G. -osis, condition]


Any skin disease.


A noninflammatory skin disorder.
Mentioned in: Skin Biopsy


non-specific term denoting any cutaneous lesion or skin eruption of any type


, pl. dermatoses (dĕrmă-tōsis, -sēz)
Nonspecific term denoting cutaneous abnormality or eruption.
[dermato- + G. -osis, condition]

dermatosis (dur´mətō´sis),

n a disease of the skin.


pl dermatoses; any skin disorder, especially one not characterized by inflammation.

dermatosis erythematosa
a disease of unknown etiology which occurs in pigs, mainly the white varieties; there is nonpruritic, acute erythema over large areas of the body and spontaneous recovery occurs in a matter of days.
exfoliative dermatosis
one involving severe desquamation; includes drug reaction, contact hypersensitivity, autoimmune diseases, cutaneous lymphomas and parapsoriasis.
generic dog food dermatosis
see generic pet food.
growth hormone-responsive dermatosis
see growth hormone-responsive dermatosis.
hereditary lupoid dermatosis
a scaling and crusting skin disease seen from a young age in German shorthaired pointers.
infantile pustular dermatosis
pustules, depression and anorexia in neonatal puppies; the etiology is unknown.
invisible dermatosis
skin diseases which are evident clinically, but the histopathology is consistent with normal skin.
linear IgA dermatosis
a rare, immune-mediated skin disease of Dachshunds in which immunoglobulin A is deposited at the basement membrane zone. There are pustules, with alopecia, hyperpigmentation, scaling and crusting.
linear preputial dermatosis
a narrow line of hyperpigmentation along the midline between the prepuce and scrotum is considered a marker for testicular neoplasia in dogs.
psychogenic dermatosis
one caused by self-trauma for which no cause is known; in dogs and cats, boredom, overcrowding or confinement are often associated. See idopathic hyperesthesia syndrome, acral lick dermatitis, flank sucking, tail sucking.
seborrheic dermatosis
see seborrheic dermatitis.
subcorneal pustular dermatosis
a very rare skin disorder of dogs in which short-lived, sterile, superficial pustules form, particularly on the head and trunk. Pruritus is variable. The cause is unknown.
ulcerative dermatosis
see ulcerative dermatosis.
dermatosis vegetans
an inherited skin disease of Landrace pigs. Young piglets may be affected at birth or develop at an early age an erythematous, papular dermatitis, mainly on the ventral abdomen and medial thighs. There is also erythema and edema of the coronary bands and subsequent deformities of the foot. Pneumonia develops before death.
zinc-responsive dermatosis
a breed-related form occurs in Siberian huskies and several other Artic breeds, and a dermatosis can occur in puppies of any breed if their diet is deficient in zinc or absorption is impaired by excessive supplementation of calcium. There is scaling and crusting, especially over pressure points and footpads. See also parakeratosis for a similar disease in pigs and a familial one in cattle.

Patient discussion about dermatosis

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References in periodicals archive ?
Linear dermatoses comprise either a single linear lesion or multiple lesions arranged in a linear pattern.
A literatura sobre causas indiretas ou fatores predisponentes para dermatoses ocupacionais indica que tais lesoes sao mais comuns em trabalhadores jovens por serem menos experientes e pelo fato de a camada cornea ainda nao estar espessada (1).
Dermatoses of pregnancy--clues to diagnosis, fetal risk and therapy.
It is the most common pregnancy specific dermatoses that includes eczematous or papular lesions in females with personal or family history of atopy and elevated IgE--accounting for nearly half of all patients.
On sites other than the face, many dermatoses show the histology of spongiotic dermatitis: pityriasis rosea, erythema annulare centrifugum, Gianotti-Crosti syndrome, and small-plaque parapsoriasis.
Mercifully, women who wear saris won't have to switch over to other costumes, as the doctors conclude: "The only factor determining the frequency of waist dermatoses in these patients is the tightness with which they tie the cord of their skirt along their waists.
With that said, the two most prominent dermatoses of pregnancy are pruriticurticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, a condition now known under the umbrella term polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, and pemphigoid gestationis, previously called herpes gestationis.
Lichenoid dermatoses are flat-topped lumps that don't have any symptoms but have a scaly surface.
This is the main reason why patients with dermatoses are so often psychologically disturbed (Van Moffaert, 1992).
Interet de la methode de coloration negative pour le diagnostic de certaines dermatoses d'origine virale.
In this atlas, the author briefly presents a diagnostic descriptive sketch of a skin lesion and related dermatoses found in a specific region of the body.