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Medical TermDescription
-chroiaskin coloration
acrodermatitisChronic inflammation of the skin of the hands and feet. Caused by a parasitic mite. A manifestation of Lyme disease.
antipruriticAn agent that relieves itching. Usually topical.
blackheadA plug of fatty material in the outlet of the sebaceous gland in the skin. Comedo.
calamineA lotion or ointment used as mild astringent on the skin.
chappedRelating to a dry, cracked, reddish skin condition, usually of the hands, caused by excessive moisture evaporation or cold.
chiggerA blood sucking stage of mites.
electrolysisDestruction by using a galvanic electric current.
exfoliationTo remove a layer of skin.
hair follicleA tube-like invagination of the epidermis from which the hair shaft develops and into which the sebaceous glands open. The hair follicle is lined by a cellular inner and outer root sheath of epidermal origin and is invested with a fibrous sheath derived from the dermis.
integumentary systemThe outer covering of the body composed of the skin and the skin appendages, which are the hair, the nails; and the sebaceous glands and the sweat glands and their ducts.
iodineA nonmetallic element of the halogen group that is represented by the atomic symbol I, atomic number 53. In a solution, it is anti-infective and is used topically.
keratosisAny horny growth of the skin such as a wart or callus.
labrumA lip.
lupusAny of a group of inflammatory autoimmune disorders can affect the skin, joints and internal organs.
PUVApsoralen ultraviolet A
seb/osebum, oil, fatty
SLEsystemic lupus erythematosus
SPFskin protection factor
TENtoxic epidermal necrolysis
transdermalEntering through the skin.
wealA bump raised on the skin caused by a lash or blow.

Authors and Reviewers

Authored by Dr. Barbara A. Erickson
Medically reviewed by Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD
Last Update: 12/18/2022

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