Definition of Xanthelasma
Xanthelasma: Tiny (1-2 mm) yellowish plaques that are slightly raised on the skin surface of the upper or lower eyelids. Xanthelasma is caused by tiny deposits of fat in the skin and is often associated with abnormal blood fat levels (hyperlipidemia). Xanthelasma is a harmless growth of tissue. Xanthelasma typically appears in or near the eyelids.
The word "xanthelasma" is made up of "xanth-" from the Greek roots "xanthos" (yellow) and "elasma" (plate) = a yellow plate, so called because these are yellow plaques.
Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013
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