Origin of pruritus
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prūrītus an itching, equivalent to prūrī(re) to itch + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for pruritic
It is occasionally the seat of pruritic sensations, more commonly of a peculiar sensation of heat and burning.
- any intense sensation of itching
- any of various conditions characterized by intense itching
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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- Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.
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