Definition of "xerophthalmia" []

  • Extreme dryness and thickening of the conjunctiva, often resulting from a deficiency of vitamin A. (noun)
  • Excessive dryness of the cornea and conjunctiva, caused by a deficiency of vitamin A (noun)

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Use "xerophthalmia" in a sentence
  • "Vitamin A deficiency in humans, as well as rats, was later shown to produce serious eye damage (xerophthalmia) and it remains a major cause of blindness in the Third World."
  • "‘Dry eyes’ (xerophthalmia, or nutritional blindness) is the most common cause of child blindness."
  • "Lack of Vitamin A: Vitamin A deficiency can lead to dry-eye disease (xerophthalmia), night-blindness and eventually complete blindness."