1. Pathology. any of various skin diseases marked by the shedding of branlike scales of epidermis.
  2. Veterinary Pathology. a skin disease in various domestic animals marked by dry scales.

Origin of pityriasis

1685–95; < New Latin < Greek pitȳríāsis branlike eruption, equivalent to pítȳr(on) bran, scale + -iāsis -iasis
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British Dictionary definitions for pityriasis


  1. any of a group of skin diseases characterized by the shedding of dry flakes of skin
  2. a similar skin disease of certain domestic animals

Word Origin for pityriasis

C17: via New Latin from Greek pituriasis scurfiness, from pituron bran
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pityriasis in Medicine


n. pl. pit•y•ri•a•ses (-sēz′)
  1. Any of various skin diseases of humans and animals, characterized by epidermal shedding of flaky scales.
Related formspit′y•ria•sic (-sĭk) adj.
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