Meaning of epidermolysis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛpɪdəːˈmɒlɪsɪs/


(also epidermolysis bullosa)
mass nounMedicine
  • 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.

    ‘She has been attending Ormond Street Hospital since she was born because she suffers from dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, a painful skin condition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a form of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.’
    • ‘He suffered from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare disease in which the skin easily blisters.’


Late 19th century from Greek epidermis epidermis+ -o- + lusis ‘loosening’.