acro-, acr-

(Greek: high, highest, highest point; top, tip end, outermost; extreme; extremity of the body)

acrography (s) (noun), acrographies (pl)
1. The art of making blocks in relief, as a substitute for wood-engraving.
2. A process of making chalk tracery in relief on metal or stone, to obtain from it an electrotype or stereotype.
acrogynous (adjective) (not comparative)
In certain plants, a reference to bearing female organs at the apex (tip end) of the stem.
acrohyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the hands and feet.
acrohypothermia (s), acrohypothermias (pl) (nouns)
Abnormal coldness of the hands and feet: "Acrohypothermia is often a condition in which patients with schizophrenia are commonly associated with acrocyanosis which is a bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes when a spasm of the blood vessels is caused by exposure to cold or because of strong emotion."
acrohypothermy (s), acrohypothermies (pl) (nouns)
Abnormal coldness of the extremities; such as, the fingers, hands, toes, and feet.
acrokeratosis
Overgrowth of the horny layer of the skin, usually nodular configurations, of the dorsum of the fingers and toes, and occasionally on the rim of the ear and tip of the nose.
acrokinesia
Excessive motility; an abnormal freedom of movement; also acrocinesis.
acrolect
1. The language variety among a group of related varieties that is closest to the standard form of the language.
2. The most prestigious or “highest” social dialect of any language.
acroleukopathy (s) (noun), acroleukopathies (pl)
A hereditary disorder of white patches or lack of typical skin pigmentation on the extremities (fingers, toes, etc.): From childhood on, Helen was self conscious of the acroleukopathy on her arms so she always wore long sleeves to cover them so people wouldn't stare at her.
acrolith
In early Greek sculpture, a statue with a stone head, hands, and feet, and a wooden trunk.
acrolithic
acrology (s) (noun)
1. Pertaining to, or founded on, initials.
2. In the development of alphabetic writing, a principle involving the use of initial sounds or signs in accordance with which letters have been evolved, named, and used.
acromacria
Abnormal length of the fingers. Also arachnodactyly.
acromania
1. An obsolete term for chronic incurable insanity.
2. Any type of insanity in which agitation and motor excitement are prominent.
acromastitis
Inflammation of the nipple or nipples.

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