Visit DermWeb  The Language of Dermatology   
  • the earliest detailed medical descriptions of normal and abnormal conditions were for skin
  • the dictionary for dermatology is unique, often archaic, but highly specific
  • it is important to be conversant with the language of dermatology for:
  1. self organization
  2. differential diagnoses
  3. communication, especially to/from consultants
complete morphologic description of a given skin lesion/condition must include the following elements:

- the type of lesion

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  • primary lesion
  • secondary lesion

- lesion descriptors

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  • color
  • shape/texture
  • configuration
  • distribution/location


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