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  1. Dermatofibroma Dermatofibroma
    Dermatofibroma: A common type of benign skin tumor that is small, slow-growing, typically firm, red-to-brown and most often on the legs. Also called a fibrous histiocytoma. They can grow up to about 1 cm (less than a half inch) in diameter. A dermatofibroma consists of a proliferation of scar-like t...
  2. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
    Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: (DFSP) A type of skin tumor that begins as a hard nodule and grows slowly. DFSP is usually found in the dermis of the limbs or trunk of the body. (The dermis is the inner layer of the two main layers of tissue that make up the skin.) DFSP can grow and invade surrou...
  3. Dermatoglyphic Dermatoglyphic
    Dermatoglyphic: Pertaining to dermatoglyphics -- the study of dermal ridges on the fingers, palms, toes, and soles....
  4. Dermatoglyphics Dermatoglyphics
    Dermatoglyphics: The study of the patterns of ridges on the skin of the fingers, palms, toes, and soles. Dermatoglyphics are of interest in anthropology, criminology, and medicine, including dysmorphology (the study of congenital malformations) and the study of chromosome abnormalities such as triso...
  5. Dermatographism Dermatographism
    Dermatographism: A common form of hives that follows the repeated stroking, rubbing or scratching of the skin, or when tight-fitting clothes rub the skin. Dermatographism occurs in about 5% of the population....
  6. Dermatologic Dermatologic
    Dermatologic: Having to do with the skin....
  7. Dermatologist Dermatologist
    Dermatologist: A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems. ...
  8. Dermatology Dermatology
    Dermatology: 1. The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity and genitals. 2. Sometimes also, cosmetic care and enhancement. Dermatology is literally the study of the skin....
  9. Dermatome Dermatome
    Dermatome: (1) A localized area of skin that is has its sensation via a single nerve from a single nerve root of the spinal cord. Shingles (herpes zoster) typically affects one or several isolated dermatomes. (2) A dermatome is also a cutting instrument used for skin grafting or slicing thin pieces ...
  10. Dermatomyositis Dermatomyositis
    Dermatomyositis: A chronic inflammatory disease of skin and muscle which is associated with patches of slightly raised reddish or scaly rash. The rash can be on the bridge of the nose, around the eyes, or on sun-exposed areas of the neck and chest. Classically, however, it is over the knuckles. Whe...
  11. Dermatopathy Dermatopathy
    Dermatopathy: Any disease of the skin. Synonymous with dermopathy....
  12. Dermatophytic onychomycosis Dermatophytic onychomycosis
    Dermatophytic onychomycosis: Ringworm of the nail, the most common fungus infection of the nails (onychomycosis). Onychomycosis makes the nails look white and opaque, thickened, and brittle. Older women (perhaps because estrogen deficiency may increase the risk of infection), and men and women with ...
  13. Dermatoscopy Dermatoscopy
    Dermatoscopy: A noninvasive diagnostic technique for the early diagnosis of melanoma and the evaluation of other pigmented and non-pigmented lesions on the skin that are not as well seen with the unaided eye. Also known as surface microscopy, dermoscopy, and epiluminescence microscopy....
  14. Dermicidin Dermicidin
    Dermicidin: A potent anti-infective agent that is a natural component of sweat. The first antimicrobial agent found that is produced by cells in the skin, dermicidin is reportedly active against many different types of bacteria (including Escherichia coli (E. coli), Enterococcus faecalis, and Staph...
  15. Dermis Dermis
    Dermis: The lower or inner layer of the two main layers of cells that make up the skin.The dermis contains blood vessels, lymph vessels, hair follicles, and glands that produce sweat, which helps regulate body temperature, and sebum, an oily substance that helps keep the skin from drying out. Swe...