noun Pathology.
a common chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by scaly patches.
Also called psora.

1675–85; < Neo-Latin < Greek psōríāsis, equivalent to psōriā-, variant stem of psōriân to have the itch (derivative of psṓra itch) + -sis -sis

psoriatic [sawr-ee-at-ik, sohr-] , adjective Unabridged
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psoriasis (səˈraɪəsɪs)
a skin disease characterized by the formation of reddish spots and patches covered with silvery scales: tends to run in families
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: itching disease, from psōra itch]

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1684, from L.L. psoriasis "mange, scurvy," from Gk. psoriasis "being itchy," from psorian "to have the itch," from psora "itch," related to psen "to rub."
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psoriasis pso·ri·a·sis (sə-rī'ə-sĭs)
A noncontagious inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurring reddish patches covered with silvery scales.

psoriatic pso·ri·at·ic (sôr'ē-āt'ĭk) or pso·ri·a·sic (sə-rī'ə-sĭs)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of psoriasis.

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psoriasis   (sə-rī'ə-sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
A chronic, inflammatory skin disease in which recurring reddish patches, often covered with silvery scales, appear especially on the knees, elbow, scalp and trunk. Psoriasis is noncontagious and is inheritable.
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