One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Loosening of the epidermis, with extensive blistering of the skin and mucous membranes, occurring either after injury or as a spontaneous and potentially dangerous condition, particularly in children.
- ‘What can you tell me about the skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa simplex?’
- ‘Defects in some of these junctional complexes are associated with certain blistering diseases, such as epidermolysis bullosa, where there there is an abnormality of anchoring fibrils.’
- ‘He suffered from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare disease in which the skin easily blisters.’
- ‘It is a form of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.’
- ‘She has been attending Ormond Street Hospital since she was born because she suffers from dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a painful skin condition.’
Late 19th century: from Greek epidermis epidermis + -o- + lusis ‘loosening’.
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