acantholysis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

acanth (spine) +‎ -lysis (destruction)[1]

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Noun[edit]

acantholysis (usually uncountable, plural acantholyses)

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  1. (medicine) The loss of intercellular connections, resulting in loss of cohesion between keratinocytes, seen in diseases such as pemphigus vulgaris.

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  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5)