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Pronunciation: ker'a-tol'i-sis


  1. Separation or loosening of the horny layer of the epidermis.
  2. Specifically, a disease characterized by a shedding of the epidermis recurring at more or less regular intervals.

Synonym(s): deciduous skin

[kerato- + G. lysis, loosening]

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