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noun Pathology.
  1. a skin condition characterized by itching papules.
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Origin of prurigo

1640–50; < Latin prūrigō an itching; see prurient
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British Dictionary definitions for prurigo


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

Word Origin

C19: from Latin: an itch
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prurigo in Medicine


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