Definition of seborrhoea in English:


(US seborrhea)


mass nounMedicine
  • Excessive discharge of sebum from the sebaceous glands.

    • ‘Symptoms associated with riboflavin deficiency include, glossitis, seborrhea, angular stomatitis, cheilosis and photophobia.’
    • ‘When applied externally, stevia poultices and extracts have a therapeutic effect on acne, seborrhoea, dermatitis and eczema.’
    • ‘Besides an itchy scalp, patients may complain of a burning sensation in facial areas affected by seborrhea.’
    • ‘I used to rely on topical hydrocortisone creams for patches of seborrhea on my arms, chest and hairline.’
    • ‘Outdoor recreation, especially during summer, will also improve seborrhea, although caution should be taken to avoid sun damage.’


Late 19th century: from sebum + -rrhoea.