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1. Dryness of the mouth resulting from diminished or arrested salivary secretion.
2. Abnormal dryness of the mouth due to insufficient secretions of saliva; also called, "dry mouth".

Xerostomia may occur in diabetes, hysteria, paralysis of the facial nerve involving the chorda tympani (branch of the facial nerve), acute infections, and some types of neuroses. It may also be caused by certain drugs; such as, nicotine and atropine.

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