noun Pathology.

a skin condition characterized by itching papules.

Nearby words

  1. prunt,
  2. prurience,
  3. prurient,
  4. pruriently,
  5. pruriginous,
  6. prurigo mitis,
  7. prurigo nodularis,
  8. prurigo simplex,
  9. pruritic,
  10. pruritus

Origin of prurigo

1640–50; < Latin prūrigō an itching; see prurient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prurigo



a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by the formation of papules and intense itching
Derived Formspruriginous (prʊəˈrɪdʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for prurigo

C19: from Latin: an itch

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Medicine definitions for prurigo




A chronic skin disease having various causes, marked by the eruption of pale, dome-shaped papules that itch severely.
Related formspru•rigi•nous (-rĭjə-nəs) adj.

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