Dandruff vs Scurf - What's the difference?

dandruff | scurf |

As nouns the difference between dandruff and scurf

is that dandruff is scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; pityriasis capitis while scurf is a skin disease.



Alternative forms

* dandriff (rare)


  • Scaly white dead skin flakes from the human scalp; Pityriasis capitis .
  • Dandruff is on my collar again.

    Derived terms

    * dander




  • A skin disease.
  • The flakes of skin that fall off as a result of a skin disease.
  • Any crust-like formations on the skin, or in general.
  • * Milton
  • There stood a hill not far, whose grisly top / Belched fire and rolling smoke; the rest entire / Shone with a glossy scurf .
  • (figurative) The foul remains of anything adherent.
  • * Dryden
  • The scurf is worn away of each committed crime.
  • (botany) Minute membranous scales on the surface of some leaves, as in the goosefoot.
  • (Gray)