hairy leukoplakia

hairy leukoplakia
hairy leukoplakia n a condition that affects the mouth and esp. the edges of the tongue, is characterized by poorly demarcated white raised lesions with a corrugated appearance, is caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, and is associated with HIV infection and AIDS called also oral hairy leukoplakia

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a white filiform to flat patch (see oral l.) occurring on the tongue or, rarely, on the buccal mucosa, caused by infection with Epstein-Barr virus and associated with human immunodeficiency virus infection; it is a predictor of the subsequent development of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Called also oral hairy leukoplakia.

Hairy leukoplakia.

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