acanthosis nigricans

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From New Latin acanthus ‎(spine) +‎ -osis ‎(diseased condition) + Latin nigricans ‎(blackish).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /æˌkænˈθoʊ.sɪs/ + IPA(key): /ˈnɪɡ.ɹɪˌkænz/, /ˈnaɪɡ.ɹɪˌkænz/

Noun[edit]

acanthosis nigricans ‎(uncountable)

  1. (pathology) A skin sign often associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes exhibiting velvety, thickened, and darkened skin and skin tags, often occurring in skin folds and the axillae.

References[edit]

  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)