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[proo-rahy-tuh s]
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noun Pathology.
  1. itching.

Origin of pruritus

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prūrītus an itching, equivalent to prūrī(re) to itch + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formspru·rit·ic [proo-rit-ik] /prʊˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is occasionally the seat of pruritic sensations, more commonly of a peculiar sensation of heat and burning.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


British Dictionary definitions for pruritic


noun pathol
  1. any intense sensation of itching
  2. any of various conditions characterized by intense itching
Derived Formspruritic (prʊəˈrɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin: an itching; see prurient
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Word Origin and History for pruritic



"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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pruritic in Medicine


  1. Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.
Related formspru•ritic (-rĭtĭk) adj.
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