Definition of necrobiosis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnekrəbīˈōsəs/ /ˌnɛkrəbaɪˈoʊsəs/


  • Gradual degeneration and death of cells in the body tissues.

    ‘Diabetic necrobiosis typically causes discrete pretibial plaques, not the confluent skin changes seen in this patient.’
    • ‘Apart from necrobiosis lipoidica, diabetes is not a primary cause of ulceration but often leads to ulceration through neuropathy or ischaemia, or both.’
    • ‘Ulceration occurs in about one third of diabetic patients with necrobiosis lipoidica, and spontaneous remission is relatively uncommon.’
    • ‘Three common skin disorders seen in patients with diabetes are diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, and bullous diabeticorum.’
    • ‘There are multiple other reports of silk suture-induced foreign-body reactions causing significant necrobiosis.’


Mid 19th century from necro- + Greek biōsis ‘mode of life’ (from bios ‘life’).