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Abnormal dryness of the mouth.

[New Latin xērostomia : xero- + Greek -stomos, mouthed; see ozostomia.]
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(ˌzɪərəˈstəʊmɪə) or


(Pathology) abnormal lack of saliva; dryness of the mouth
[C19: from xero- + -stom(e) + -ia]
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an abnormal dryness of the mouth, caused by lack of normal secretion of saliva.
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Noun1.xerostomia - abnormal dryness of the mouth resulting from decreased secretion of saliva
dryness, waterlessness, xerotes - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
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n. xerostomía, excesiva sequedad en la boca debida a una deficiencia de secreción salival.
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In summary, we showed that in addition to managing hyposalivation, amifostine prevented oral mucositis by reducing the immunoexpression of inflammatory mediators with a well-known role in the pathogenesis of that side effect.
(12,24) In anorexic patients, hyposalivation may occur during prolonged periods of fasting; in the case of bulimic patients, this decrease is observed due to the rapid swallowing of food during the bouts of hyperphagia.
The resting salivary flow was expressed in ml/min and values < 0.1 ml/min were considered hyposalivation (22).
Prevalence of hyposalivation in relation to general health, body mass index and remaining teeth in different age groups of adults.
Xerostomia and hyposalivation: causes, consequences and treatment in the elderly.
Conversely, during decreased saliva secretion (hyposalivation), dryness promotes cracking and desquamation, as well as the invasion of Candida albicans with the emergence of angular cheilitis inflammation.
Numerous medications induce the AEs of hyposalivation and xerostomia.
Both xerostomia and hyposalivation predispose patients with SLE to dental caries and recurrent noninfectious pharyngitis and oral ulcerations.
Consequently, hyposalivation results, among others, in significant altered taste sensation or taste disturbance [38].
We suggested that adaptive or assistive technology should be recommended for patients with hyposalivation and dysphagia, as support therapies of gustatory and neuromuscular mechanical stimulation, in order to strengthen the muscular tone, in particular, the masticatory muscles, and to increase the production of saliva.
Yang et al., "Transient activation of hedgehog pathway rescued irradiation-induced hyposalivation by preserving salivary stem/progenitor cells and parasympathetic innervation," Clinical Cancer Research, vol.