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keratomalacia

Pronunciation: ker'a-to-ma-la'she-a

Definition: Dryness with ulceration and perforation of the cornea, with absence of inflammatory reactions, occurring in cachectic children; results from severe vitamin A deficiency.

Synonym(s): xerotic keratitis

[kerato- + G. malakia, softness]

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