dermo-, derm-, derma-, dermato-, dermat-, -derm, -derma, -dermatic, -dermatous, -dermis, -dermal, -dermic, -dermoid, -dermatoid

(Greek: skin)

xeroderma pigmentosum (XP)
A genetic disease characterized by such extraordinary sensitivity to sunlight that it results in the development of skin cancer at a very early age.

Children with xeroderma pigmentosum can only play outdoors safely after nightfall. They have been called "midnight children", the "children of the dark", the "children of the night", and "vampire children".

Anyone with xeroderma pigmentosum develops severe sunburn and eye irritation within minutes of exposure to sunlight.

Other signs of XP include the development of ultradry skin (the word "xeroderma" means extreme dryness of the skin) plus blisters, heavy freckling, and dark spots on the skin (the word "pigmentosum" refers to these pigmented areas of the skin).

xeroderma, xerodermia, xerodermosis
1. Having excessively dry skin. Also, dermatoxerasia and xerodermia.
2. Roughness and dryness of the skin; mild ichthyosis.
A reference to or indicating xeroderma.
zoodermic (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Referring to a kind of surgery performed with the skin of an animal: Skin grafting can be zoodermic when living tissue is transplanted from one healthy part of the body to another part which has a disorder, as with a severe burn.
2. A reference to the skin of an animal: Lisa's cat, Thisbie, had a very bad and reoccurring zoodermic infection on its leg that had to be treated over a period of time.