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 Dictionary entry overview: What does skin disease mean? 

  The noun SKIN DISEASE has 1 sense:

1. a disease affecting the skin

  Familiarity information: SKIN DISEASE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1skin disease [BACK TO TOP]


A disease affecting the skin

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


disease of the skin; skin condition; skin disease; skin disorder; skin problem

Hypernyms ("skin disease" is a kind of...):

disease (an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "skin disease"):

acantholysis (a breakdown of a cell layer in the epidermis (as in pemphigus))

lupus (any of several forms of ulcerative skin disease)

melanism; melanosis (a condition characterized by abnormal deposits of melanin (especially in the skin))

molluscum (any skin disease characterized by soft pulpy nodules)

necrobiosis lipoidica; necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (skin disease marked by thin shiny patches (especially on the legs); often associated with diabetes mellitus)

pemphigus (a skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters (bullae) arising from normal skin or mucous membrane)

prurigo (chronic inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by blister capped papules and intense itching)

psoriasis (a chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales; occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences)

rhagades (cracks or fissures in the skin (especially around the mouth or anus))

Saint Anthony's fire (any of several inflammatory or gangrenous skin conditions)

seborrhea (a condition in which overactivity of the sebaceous glands causes the skin to become oily)

vitiligo (an acquired skin disease characterized by patches of unpigmented skin (often surrounded by a heavily pigmented border))

xanthoma (a skin problem marked by the development (on the eyelids and neck and back) of irregular yellow nodules; sometimes attributable to disturbances of cholesterol metabolism)

livedo (skin disorder characterized by patchy bluish discolorations on the skin)

lichen (any of several eruptive skin diseases characterized by hard thick lesions grouped together and resembling lichens growing on rocks)

leukoderma (a congenital skin condition characterized by spots or bands of unpigmented skin)

acanthosis (an abnormal but benign thickening of the prickle-cell layer of the skin (as in psoriasis))

acanthosis nigricans; keratosis nigricans (a skin disease characterized by dark wartlike patches in the body folds; can be benign or malignant)

acne (an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones)

dermatosis (disorder involving lesions or eruptions of the skin (in which there is usually no inflammation))

eczema (generic term for inflammatory conditions of the skin; particularly with vesiculation in the acute stages)

erythroderma (any skin disorder involving abnormal redness)

furunculosis (acute skin disease characterized by the presence of many furuncles)

impetigo (a very contagious infection of the skin; common in children; localized redness develops into small blisters that gradually crust and erode)

jungle rot (skin disorder induced by a tropical climate)

keratoderma; keratodermia (any skin disorder consisting of a growth that appears horny)

keratonosis (any abnormal condition of the outer skin (epidermis))

keratosis (a skin condition marked by an overgrowth of layers of horny skin)

xanthosis (an abnormal yellow discoloration of the skin)

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