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Medical Term:

striae cutis distensae


Definition: bands of thin wrinkled skin, initially red but becoming purple and white, which occur commonly on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs at puberty and/or during and following pregnancy, and result from atrophy of the dermis and overextension of the skin; also associated with ascites and Cushing syndrome.

Synonym(s): stria2TA, atrophoderma striatum, lineae atrophicae, linear atrophy, stretch marks, striae atrophicae, striate atrophy of skin, traction atrophy

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