Definition of Ichthyosis

1. Noun. Any of several congenital diseases in which the skin is dry and scaly like a fish.

Definition of Ichthyosis

1. n. A disease in which the skin is thick, rough, and scaly; -- called also fishskin.

Definition of Ichthyosis

1. Noun. (disease) A disease which gives the sufferer a dry, scaly skin. ¹

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Medical Definition of Ichthyosis

1. A group of cutaneous disorders characterised by increased or aberrant keratinisation, resulting in noninflammatory scaling of the skin. Many different metaphors have been used to describe the appearance and texture of the skin in the various types and stages of ichthyosis, for example alligator, collodion, crocodile, fish and porcupine skin. most ichthyoses are genetically determined, while some may be acquired and develop in association with various systemic diseases or be a prominent feature in certain genetic syndromes. The term is commonly used alone to refer to i. Vulgaris. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ichthyosis

ichthyosiform erythroderma
ichthyosis (current term)
ichthyosis congenita neonatorum
ichthyosis foetalis
ichthyosis intrauterina
ichthyosis scutulata
ichthyosis sebacea
ichthyosis sebacea cornea
ichthyosis simplex
ichthyosis spinosa
ichthyosis uteri

Literary usage of Ichthyosis

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1. Practical Organotherapy: The Internal Secretions in General Practice by Henry Robert Harrower (1922)
"ichthyosis IN A BOY Query: "I have a case with a scaly condition of the legs and a ... This has been called ichthyosis and he has had it most of his life. ..."

2. On Diseases of the Skin by Erasmus Wilson (1857)
"ichthyosis spuria. Just as the term ichthyosis vera, or xeroderma ... so the term ichthyosis sebacea, or ichthyosis spuria, is now employed to designate the ..."

3. Diseases of the skin by Richard Lightburn Sutton (1917)
"ichthyosis HYSTRIX. ichthyosis hystrix is a term commonly applied to a ... The less pronounced examples often resemble patches of ichthyosis simplex. ..."

4. A Treatise on diseases of the skin for advanced students and practitioners by Henry Weightman Stelwagon (1916)
"The mildest development of ichthyosis simplex is often referred to as xero- ... Fig. 149.—ichthyosis of average development (courtesy of Dr. VV. Frick). ..."

5. The Diseases of Children: A Work for the Practising Physician by Meinhard von Pfaundler, Arthur Schlossmann, Henry Larned Keith Shaw, Linnæus Edford La Fétra, Luther Emmett Holt (1912)
"ichthyosis serpentina. Enormously strong development of the corneal layer. ... ichthyosis ichthyosis is an affection which occurs in earliest infancy, ..."

6. A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Skin by John Vietch Shoemaker (1890)
"ichthyosis is an hereditary or congenital hypertrophic disease, characterized by a ... ichthyosis usually appears over the entire surface of the skin, ..."

7. Diseases of the skin: Inluding the Acute Eruptive Fevers by Frank Crozer Knowles (1914)
"ichthyosis is divided into ichthyosis simplex, the mildest form of which is designated xeroderma; ichthyosis congenita; and ichthyosis hystrix, ..."

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