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Definition of the noun acantholysis

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noun - plural: -

  1. a breakdown of a cell layer in the epidermis (as in pemphigus)
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: disease of the skin / skin disease / skin disorder = a disease affecting the skin
    • part of: pemphigus = a skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters (bullae) arising from normal skin or mucous membrane

Alternative definition of the noun acantholysis


  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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Google previewPathology of Domestic Animals (2013)

by K. V.F. Jubb

Acantholysis is a loss of cohesion between epidermal cells resulting in intraepidermal clefts, vesicles, and bullae (Fig. 5.8). This process may also involve the outer root sheath of hair follicles and glandular ductal epithelium. Acantholysis is ...

Google previewOral Pathology, Clinical Pathologic Correlations (2016)

Medicine, Internal medicine by CTI Reviews

Acantholysis is the loss of intercellular connections resulting in loss of cohesion between keratinocytes, seen in diseases such as pemphigus vulgaris. This histological feature is also seen in herpes simplex infections (HSV 1 and 2). Measles is ...

Google previewPractical Dermatopathology (2012)

by Ronald P. Rapini

Acantholysis Acantholysis is the loss of cohesion between keratinocytes as a result of dissolution of intercellular connections, sometimes resulting in an intraepidermal vesicle.

Google previewSide-Effects of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (2012)

Part Two Studies in Major Organ Systems by Kim D. Rainsford, G. P. Velo

Acantholysis is a typical though not pathognomonic histological abnormality of pemphigus that is also to be seen ...

Google previewInflammatory Dermatopathology (2016)

A Pathologist's Survival Guide by Steven D. Billings, Jenny Cotton

Acantholysis is the result of loss of appropriate keratinocyte–keratinocyte adherence. This adherence is mediated by tight junctions, adherens junctions, gap junctions, and desmosomes. Desmosomes are critical to keratinocyte adhesion, and ...

Google previewOrigin and Continuity of Cell Organelles (2013)

by J. Reinert, H. Ursprung

Acantholysis is a condition, of multiple origin, in which the epidermis loses its compact histological structure and fluid spaces (blisters) appear. WILGRAM and CAULFIELD (1965) studying a variety of acantholytic diseases, reported graded ...

Google previewHistology for Pathologists (2016)

Medicine, Internal medicine by CTI Reviews

Acantholysis is the loss of intercellular connections, such as desmosomes, resulting in loss of cohesion between keratinocytes, seen in diseases such as pemphigus vulgaris. It is absent in bullous pemphigoid, making it useful for differential ...

Google previewAn Aid to the MRCP Short Cases (2009)

by Robert E. J. Ryder, M. Afzal Mir, E. Anne Freeman

Acantholysis is a characteristic histological feature. Nikolsky's sign* is invariably present. Immunofluorescence of biopsy shows intercellular immunoglobulins ( usually IgG) and/or complement factor C3. Pemphigoid: the site of the blisters is at ...

Google previewDermatology (2012)

by Jean L. Bolognia, Joseph L. Jorizzo, Julie V. Schaffer

acantholysis, ballooning degeneration. Acantholysis refers to discohesion of keratinocytes as a consequence of the disruption of desmosomes (intercellular connections) and this can lead to an ...

Google previewEdinburgh Medical Journal (1906)

While acantholysis is a condition precedent to almost all bullous ...

Google previewLever's Histopathology of the Skin (2009)

by David E. Elder, Rosalie Elenitsas, Bernett L. Johnson, George F. Murphy

Acantholysis is the most prominent feature. The pattern may resemble that of pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus vegetans, pemphigus foliaceus, or benign familial pemphigus (45).Acantholysis may be combined with dyskeratosis, in which case ...

Google previewDiagnostic Atlas of Common Eyelid Diseases (2007)

by Jonathan J. Dutton, Gregg S. Gayre, Alan D. Proia

Acantholysis is the loss of cohesion between epidermal (or epithelial) cells leading to the formation of intraepidermal clefts, vesicles, or bullae. Primary acantholysis results from dissolution or separation of the desmosomes ...

Google previewVeterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease (2011)

by P. J. Quinn, B. K. Markey, F. C. Leonard, P. Hartigan, S. Fanning, E. S. Fitzpatrick

Acantholysis is the initial lesion in exudative epidermitis in suckling and weaned piglets (greasy pig disease). The disease is induced by epidermolysins released by Staphylococcus hyicus or by S. chromogenes. These exfoliative toxins cleave ...

Google previewAndrew's Diseases of the Skin (2011)

Clinical Dermatology by William D. James, Dirk Elston, Timothy Berger

Acantholysis is an uncommon finding but may be present. The inflammatory infiltrate in the dermis is composed of mononuclear cells and is generally mild. Specimens should be obtained from skin sites where hair follicles are numerous.

Google previewUSMLE Images for the Boards (2012)

A Comprehensive Image-Based Review by Amber S. Tully, James S. Studdiford

Definitive diagnosis via punch biopsy □ Treatment with corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs □ Acantholysis is the breaking apart of epidermal cells. □ Both cutaneous and mucosal lesions □ Flaccid bullae □ Positive Nikolsky sign ...

Google previewRook's Textbook of Dermatology, 4 Volume Set (2016)

by Christopher Griffiths, Jonathan Barker, Tanya Bleiker, Robert Chalmers, Daniel Creamer

Acantholysis is the term used to describe a loss of cohesion between keratinocytes due to the break down of intercellular bridges. It results in the formation of intraepidermal clefts, vesicles and bullae. It appears to be the primary ...

Google previewAn Illustrated Dictionary of Dermatologic Syndromes, Second Edition (2006)

by Susan B. Mallory

Histology: granular cell layer acantholysis DIF: IgG, C3 or both along keratinocyte surfaces Pemphìgus erythematosus SYN; seNEAR-usHER SYNDROME Clinical features of lupus erythematosus with lesions on face with erythema and scaling ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Modern Medicine (2010)

by Joseph Segen

acantholysis. Dermatology The pathologic disruption of intercellular bridges between keratinocytes in the squamous epithelium of mucocutaneous surfaces, resulting in intraepithelial vesicles Diseases with Pemphigus vulgaris, benign familial ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cell Biology (2015)

These inhibit desmosomal adhesion causing loss of cell–cell adhesion ( acantholysis) that manifests as blistering of the skin and mucosae. One mechanism for these autoantibodies to disrupt adhesion is by inducing the downregulation of Dsg ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1916)

acantholysis (ak-an-tholis-is) (Gr. 5xav6a ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders (2012)

by Arthur MacNeill Horton

Skin biopsy: histology shows keratinocyte necrosis, epidermal acantholysis, and IgG and complement deposition in epidermal and basement membrane Zones Cyclophosphamide ...

Google previewDictionary of Practical Surgery (1886)

by Christopher Heath

Acantholysis, ii. 180 Acarus ...

Google previewConcise Pocket Medical Dictionary (2015)

by UN Panda

Acantholysis A term used in dermal pathology to denote dissolution of the layers of the epidermis. It is seen in such conditions as pemphigus vulgaris and keratosis follicularis. Acanthoma Well differentiated a. keratinizing cornifying squamous ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology (2001)

by Pei-Show Juo

Acantholysis Destruction of the epidermis. Acanthoma Carcinoma of the epidermis or tumor of the skin. Acanthosis The thickening and warty growth of the prickle-cell layer of the skin, e.g., eczema and psoriasis. Acapnia A marked decrease of ...

Google previewMosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions - Australian & New Zealand Edition (2014)

by Peter Harris, Sue Nagy, Nicholas Vardaxis

acantholysis /akމantholމisis/, loss of cohesion between keratinocytes, sometimes resulting in an intraepidermal blister. The cells are rounded.

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2012)

by Lionel Fry, Fenella Wojnarowska, Parvin Shahrad

Histology will show an intraepidermal blister, and socalled acantholysis, in which the epidermal cells drift apart from each other, and the space between them becomes filled with fluid.

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

absorption layer abuse abut abutment acanthion acantholysis acanthosis accelerator access accessory Access to Health Records Act 1990 accidental extraction accident book accreditation accredited prior learning accretion accretion lines ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Doctors Dictionary (2011)

A medical dictionary written by a doctor for doctors, now illustrated by Joseph C Segen

Cf Bullous pemphigoid Pathology Acantholysis.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Toxicology (2005)

by Bruce Anderson, Ann de Peyster, Shayne C. Gad, P.J. Bert Hakkinen, Michael Kamrin, Betty Locey, Harihara M. Mehendale, Carey Pope, Lee Shugart

Following an oral gavage for 90 days, the noeffect dose is 8mgkg −1 day −1 , with severe forestomach tissue lesions characterized by inflammation, necrosis, acantholysis, hyperkeratosis, and epithelial hyperplasia. Mice exposed to 8ppm ...

Google previewSaunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (2011)

by Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood

acantholysis. desmoma [dez-mo'm ] see desmoid (2). desmopathy [des-mop' -the] any disease of the ligaments. desmoplasia [des“mo- pla'zh ] ...

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