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argyria

Pronunciation: ar-jir′ē-ă, -jī′rē-ă

Definition: A slate-gray or bluish discoloration of the skin and deep tissues caused by deposits of insoluble albuminate of silver; occurs after a long period of medicinal administration of a soluble silver salt; formerly fairly common because of the use of proprietary preparations of silver-containing materials in the nose and sinuses.

Synonym(s): argyrism, silver poisoning

[G. argyros, silver]

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