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

(Greek: skin)

dermatodynia (s) (noun) (no pl)
Localized pain, usually confined to the skin; dermatalgia: When in medical school, Natasha found out that an abrasion to the skin, an abscess, a burn, or sunburn can cause a condition of dermatodynia and limited to a certain area of the skin.
dermatoglyphics (duhr-mat-uh-GLIF-iks, duhr-muh-tuh-GLIF-iks) (pl) (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
1. The configurations of the characteristic ridge patterns of the volar surfaces of the skin; in the hand, the distal segment of each digit has three types of configurations: whorl, loop, and arch.
2. The science or study of skin markings or patterns; especially, those of the fingers, hands, and feet; also, such skin markings themselves.
3. The science of skin patterns, especially fingerprints.
A description of the skin.
A condition in which the skin is peculiarly susceptible to irritation.
A reference to the condition in which the skin is peculiarly susceptible to irritation.
A written description of the skin.
dermatologist (s) (noun), dermatologists (pl)
A physician who has been trained to treat problems relating to the skin, scalp, hair, and nails: Treatment methods by a dermatologist include medication, surgery, or the destruction of unwanted growths by freezing, burning, lasers, and radiation.
Someone who treats the diseases and structure of the skin.
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dermatology (s) (noun), dermatologies (pl)
A branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and their diseases: Dermatology is involved with the study of the physiology and pathology of the epidermis and its appendages; such as, sweat glands, oil glands, or the outer layer of the body's skin.
The science of the medical treatment of the diseases, functions, and structures of the skin.
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1. A superficial infection of the skin or its appendages by fungi.
2. A fungal infection of the skin; especially, of moist parts of the body that are covered by clothing.
1. An autoimmune disease that commonly causes a characteristic skin rash and muscle weakness.

On rare occasions, other vital internal organs; such as, the lungs, heart, bowels, and eyes can also be damaged.

2. Involvement of some internal organs; such as, the bowels and eyes is seen more commonly in children with dermatomyositis compared to adults with this disease.

In addition, certain internal complications including calcium deposits in damaged tissue (calcification) are seen more commonly in childhood-onset dermatomyositis; however, adults with classical dermatomyositis have a relatively greater risk of developing internal cancers in association with their dermatomyositis.

2. The rash of dermatomyositis has a unique appearance and distribution over the body in that the muscle weakness is most prominent in the shoulders, hips, neck and stomach; but muscles all over the body can be affected and become weakened.

The muscles used for swallowing food can be affected by dermatomyositis resulting in a choking sensation when the patient attempts to swallow solid foods or liquids.

Some patients initially develop the skin rash but can go for 20 years or longer without experiencing muscle weakness or amyopathic dermatomyositis.

3. Etymology: Dermatomyositis consists of dermato-, "skin" and myo-, "muscles".

There are two forms of dermatomyositis: the classical form and the clinically amyopathic form or a-, "no" or "without", myopathic, "muscle disease".

  • Classical dermatomyositis consists of a characteristic skin rash and muscle weakness most often noticed initially in the shoulders and hips.
  • In clinically amyopathic dermatomyositis, the skin rash can be present for long periods of time (six months or longer) without the appearance of muscle weakness.