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pruritus

[proo-rahy-tuh s] /prʊˈraɪ təs/
noun, Pathology
1.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prūrītus an itching, equivalent to prūrī(re) to itch + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
pruritic
[proo-rit-ik] /prʊˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for pruritus
  • pruritus is a dominant symptom of many skin diseases and also occurs in some diseases that affect the entire body.
British Dictionary definitions for pruritus

pruritus

/prʊəˈraɪtəs/
noun (pathol)
1.
any intense sensation of itching
2.
any of various conditions characterized by intense itching
Derived Forms
pruritic (prʊəˈrɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: an itching; see prurient
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Word Origin and History for pruritus
n.

"itching of the skin without visible eruption" [Klein], 1650s, from Latin pruritus, past participle of prurire "to itch" (see prurient). Earlier via Old French in form prurite (early 15c.). Related: Pruritic.

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pruritus in Medicine

pruritus pru·ri·tus (pru-rī'təs)
n.
Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.


pru·rit'ic (-rĭt'ĭk) adj.
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