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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: dis'ker-a-to'sis


  1. Premature keratinization in individual epithelial cells that have not reached the keratinizing surface layer; dyskeratotic cells generally become rounded and they may break away from adjacent cells and fall off.
  2. Epidermalization of the conjunctival and corneal epithelium.
  3. A disorder of keratinization.

[dys- + G. keras, horn, + -osis, condition]

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