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[proo-rahy-tuh s] /prʊˈraɪ təs/
noun, Pathology
Origin of pruritus
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prūrītus an itching, equivalent to prūrī(re) to itch + -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
[proo-rit-ik] /prʊˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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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


noun (pathol)
any intense sensation of itching
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

"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)
Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.

pru·rit'ic (-rĭt'ĭk) adj.
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