Characterized by a scanty supply of moisture (or tolerating or adapted to dry conditions).
The word “xeric” is derived from “xeros,” the Greek word for “dry.” “Xeric” was coined in 1926 and was in common scientific usage by the 1940s.
Prefix indicating dryness, as in xeroderma (dry skin).
Abnormally dry skin. Xeroderma can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin A, systemic illness (such as hypothyroidism or Sjogren’s syndrome), overexposure to sunlight, and medication. Xeroderma can usually be addressed with the use of over-the-counter topical preparations.
- Xeroderma pigmentosum
A genetic disease that is characterized by such extraordinary sensitivity to sunlight that it results in the development of skin cancer at a very early age. Abbreviated XP. Children with XP can only play outdoors safely after nightfall. XP is due to defective repair of damage done to DNA by ultraviolet (UV) light. Whereas normal […]
A picture of the body recorded on paper rather than on film. Also called a xeroradiograph. From the Greek “xeros” meaning “dry.”
Xeroradiography of the breast. Xeroradiography is a photoelectric method of recording an x-ray image on a coated metal plate, using low-energy photon beams, long exposure time and dry chemical developers. The prefix xero- comes from the Greek “xeros” meaning “dry.”