A disorder of the sebaceous glands, with changes in the amount and quality of the oils secreted. Although it can occur in any part of the body, seborrhea of the scalp (dandruff) is most common.

Herbal-medical glossary. 2015.

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  • Seborrhea — Seb or*rhe*a, n. [NL., fr. L. sebum tallow + Gr. ? to flow.] (Med.) A morbidly increased discharge of sebaceous matter upon the skin; stearrhea. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seborrhea — (n.) 1876, coined in Modern Latin as a hybrid, from sebo , used as comb. form of L. sebum tallow, suet, grease (see SEBUM (Cf. sebum)) + Gk. hroia flow, flux …   Etymology dictionary

  • seborrhea — or seborrhoea [seb΄ə rē′ə] n. [ModL: see SEBUM & RRHEA] an excessive discharge from the sebaceous glands resulting in abnormally oily skin seborrheic adj. seborrhoeic …   English World dictionary

  • Seborrhea — A accumulation of scales of greasy skin, often on the scalp. Seborrhea is commonly known as dandruff. Treatment is with gentle washing, avoiding the use of harsh or perfumed soaps that can further irritate the oil glands. Coal tar soap and… …   Medical dictionary

  • seborrhea — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin sebum + New Latin rrhea Date: circa 1860 abnormally increased secretion and discharge of sebum • seborrheic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • seborrhea — seborrheal, seborrheic, adj. /seb euh ree euh/, n. Pathol. an excessive and abnormal discharge from the sebaceous glands. Also, seborrhoea. [1875 80; SEB(UM) + O + RRHEA] * * * …   Universalium

  • seborrhea — noun A skin disorder causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin …   Wiktionary

  • seborrhea — n. excessive discharge of sebum, excessive discharge of an oily or fatty substance from the sebaceous glands …   English contemporary dictionary

  • seborrhea — seb·or·rhea …   English syllables

  • seborrhea — seb•or•rhe•a [[t]ˌsɛb əˈri ə[/t]] n. pat abnormally heavy discharge from the sebaceous glands • Etymology: 1875–80 seb or•rhe′al, seb or•rhe′ic, adj …   From formal English to slang

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