One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Absence or loss of the eyelashes (and sometimes the eyebrows), either as a congenital condition or as a result of an infection.
- ‘Important complications observed were loss of eyebrows, madarosis and lagophthalmos: corneal involvement due to lagophthalmos were mainly present in lepromatous leprosy.’
- ‘Treatments are available for madarosis but are generally initiated by an ophthalmologist or dermatologist’
- ‘Complications of this procedure include depigmentation of the skin, eyelid notching, madarosis, severe postoperative pain, edema, symblepharon, necrosis, and regrowth.’
- ‘In our sample, the most common preoperative complication of leprosy was madarosis, which was similar to a study performed in the USA.’
- ‘Fig.2 The anterior lid margins show erythema and moderate madarosis of the lower lashes.’
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, ‘baldness’, from madaros ‘bald’.
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