Definition of necrobiosis lipoidica in English:

necrobiosis lipoidica

Pronunciation /ˌnɛkrə(ʊ)bʌɪˈəʊsɪs lɪˈpɔɪdɪkə/


  • A disorder characterized by yellowish, atrophic patches on the skin, most commonly of the shins, often found in association with diabetes.

    The full name necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum is now used for the disorder only when it affects diabetics.


1930s; earliest use found in Journal of the American Medical Association. Shortened from scientific Latin necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum from necrobiosis + lipoidica, feminine of lipoidicus + diabeticorum, genitive plural of post-classical Latin diabeticus.