from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Abnormal dryness, especially of the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.
  • n. The normal hardening of aging tissue.

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  • n. dryness

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as xeransis.


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