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xe·roph·thal·mi·a

(zē'rof-thal'mē-ă),
Excessive dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea, which lose their luster and become keratinized; may result from local disease or due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A.
[xero- + G. ophthalmos, eye]
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xe·roph·thal·mi·a

(zēr'of-thal'mē-ă)
Excessive dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea, which lose their luster and become keratinized; may be due to local disease or to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A.
Synonym(s): xeroma.
[xero- + G. ophthalmos, eye]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

xerophthalmia 

Extreme dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea due to a failure of the secretory activity of the mucin-secreting goblet cells of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva and cornea lose their lustre and become skin-like in appearance. The condition may even propagate to the cornea and give rise to keratoconjunctivitis sicca and, if severe, keratomalacia. Xerophthalmia may be due to trauma, exposure or systemic deficiency of vitamin A, etc. Syn. xeroma; xerosis of the conjunctiva (if the cornea is not involved). See keratoconjunctivitis sicca; keratomalacia; mucin; Bitot's spot.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

xe·roph·thal·mi·a

(zēr'of-thal'mē-ă)
Excessive dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea, which lose their luster and become keratinized; may be due to local disease or to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A.
Synonym(s): xeroma.
[xero- + G. ophthalmos, eye]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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