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Pronunciation: ze'rof-thal'me-a

Definition: Excessive dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea, which lose their luster and become keratinized; may result from local disease or due to a systemic deficiency of vitamin A.

Synonym(s): conjunctivitis arida, xeroma, xerophthalmus

[xero- + G. ophthalmos, eye]

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