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loosening or separation of the horny layer of the epidermis.
pitted keratolysis (keratolysis planta´re sulca´tum) a tropical disease marked by thickening and deep fissuring of the skin of the soles, occurring during the rainy season.
noninflammatory Gram-positive bacterial infection of the plantar surfaces producing small depressions in the stratum corneum, associated frequently with humidity and hyperhidrosis.
Synonym(s): keratolysis plantare sulcatum
pit·ted ker·a·tol·y·sis(pit'tĕd ker'ă-tol'i-sis)
Noninflammatory gram-positive bacterial infection of the plantar surfaces producing small depressions in the stratum corneum; associated frequently with humidity and hyperhidrosis.
Hyperkeratotic areas of the soles and palms with erosion and pitting. The etiology is unknown but may involve infection with Corynebacterium or Actinomyces. It occurs mostly in barefooted adults in the tropics.
See also: keratolysis