xeroderma pigmentosum

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xeroderma pig·men·to·sum

A rare hereditary skin disorder caused by a defect in the enzymes that repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet light.

[New Latin xēroderma pigmentōsum : xēroderma, xeroderma + pigmentōsum, neuter of pigmentōsus, of pigment.]
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Noun1.xeroderma pigmentosum - a rare genetic condition characterized by an eruption of exposed skin occurring in childhood and photosensitivity with severe sunburn; inherited as a recessive autosomal trait in which DNA repair processes are defective so they are more likely to chromosome breaks and cancers when exposed to ultraviolet light
xeroderma, xerodermia - a mild form of ichthyosis characterized by abnormal dryness and roughness of the skin
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ISLAMABAD, July 22, 2010 (Balochistan Times): On the directives of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, seven children diagnosed with a rare disease Xeroderma Pigmentosa have been sifted to Quetta from district Kachhi and now being treated by dermatologists of Balochistan Health Department.
Bath-Hextall also presented a first look at a new Cochrane Systematic Review of interventions for prevention of nonmelanoma skin cancers in high-risk groups, namely organ transplant recipients and patients with xeroderma pigmentosa or a history of prior nonmelanoma skin cancers.
Xeroderma Pigmentosa (zero-DER-muh pig-men-TOSE-uh)