370. Skin


See also 14. ANATOMY ; 51. BODY, HUMAN ; 95. COMPLEXION .

achromasia
absence of pigmentation in the skin.
albinism
Medicine. a congenital absence of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, ranging in scope from partial to total. Also albinoism. Cf. melanism. —albino, n. —albinotic, adj.
dermabrasion
the surgical process of removing the outer layer of the skin, as for cosmetic purposes in the removal of acne scars, etc.
dermatalgia
neuralgia of the skin.
dermatoglyphics
1. the patterns of ridges of skin on the fingers and palm and the bottoms of the feet.
2. the study dealing with these patterns. —dermatoglyphic, adj.
dermatographism
Medicine. a condition in which lightly touching or scratching the skin causes raised, reddish marks. Also dermatographia, dermographia, dermographism. —dermatographic, adj.
dermatography
Anatomy. a description of the skin. —dermatographic, adj.
dermatology
the branch of medicine that studies the skin and its diseases. —dermatologist, n. —dermatological, adj.
dermatophobia
an abnormal fear of skin disease. Also dermatosiophobia, dermatopathophobia .
dermatoplasty
any form of plastic surgery of the skin, as skin grafts.
dermographism, dermographia
dermatographism.
horripilation
the raising of the hairs on the skin as a response to cold or fear; goose bumps or goose pimples.
melanism
a darkening of the skin caused by an unusually high amount of pigmentation.
pachydermia
abnormal thickening of the skin. Cf. pachymenia. —pachydermic, adj.
pachymenia
thickening of the skin or of a membrane. Cf. pachydermia. —pachymenic, adj.
phaneromania
a mania for picking at growths.
phototherapy, phototherapeutics
the treatment of disease, especially diseases of the skin, with light rays. —phototherapeutic, adj.
rugosity
the state or quality of being wrinkled, as the skin. —rugose, adj.
xanthochroid
a person with light-colored hair and fair complexion. —xantho-chroid, xanthochroous, adj.

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