Meaning of acrodermatitis enteropathica in English:

acrodermatitis enteropathica

Pronunciation /ˌakrə(ʊ)dəːməˌtʌɪtɪs ˌɛnt(ə)rə(ʊ)ˈpaθɪkə/


  • Acrodermatitis associated with intestinal dysfunction or disease; an instance of this; specifically a rare inherited (autosomal recessive) disorder characterized by lesions of the skin of the extremities and around body orifices, chronic diarrhoea, alopecia, and zinc deficiency, typically resulting from mutations in the gene coding for a transport protein necessary for the absorption of zinc from the small intestine.


1940s; earliest use found in Acta Dermato-venereologica. From scientific Latin akrodermatitis enteropathica from German Akrodermatitis + scientific Latin enteropathica, feminine singular of enteropathicus from entero- + -pathicus.