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Pronunciation: fo'to-der'ma-ti'tis

Definition: Dermatitis caused or elicited by exposure to sunlight; may be phototoxic or photoallergic, and can also result from topical application, ingestion, inhalation, or injection of mediating phototoxic or photoallergic material.

Synonym(s): actinic dermatitis

[photo- + G. derma, skin, + -itis, inflammation]

See Also: photosensitization

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