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pityriasis

[ pit-uh-rahy-uh-sis ]
/ ˌpɪt əˈraɪ ə sɪs /
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noun
Pathology. any of various skin diseases marked by the shedding of branlike scales of epidermis.
Veterinary Pathology. a skin disease in various domestic animals marked by dry scales.
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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

pityriasis
/ (ˌpɪtəˈraɪəsɪs) /

noun
any of a group of skin diseases characterized by the shedding of dry flakes of skin
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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Medical definitions for pityriasis

pityriasis
[ pĭt′ĭ-rīə-sĭs ]

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

Other words from pityriasis

pit′y•ria•sic (-sĭk) adj.
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