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hairy leukoplakia


Definition: a white lesion appearing on the tongue, occasionally on the buccal mucosa, of patients with AIDS; a manifestation of Epstein-Barr virus infection in an immunocompromised host. The lesion appears raised, with a corrugated, shaggy, or “hairy” surface due to keratin projections.

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