Lichenified means the skin has become thickened and leathery. This often results from continuous rubbing or scratching the skin.
Chronic irritation due to conditions such as eczema can cause lichenified skin.
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Update Date 10/14/2012
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.