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Meaning of xerophthalmia

xe•roph•thal•mi•a

Pronunciation: (zēr"of-thal'mē-u, -op-), [key]
— n. Ophthalm.
  1. abnormal dryness of the eyeball characterized by conjunctivitis, caused by a deficiency of tears and attributed to a lack of vitamin A.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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