[ proo-rahy-tuhs ]
/ prʊˈraɪ təs /
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Origin of pruritus
1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin prūrītus an itching, equivalent to prūrī(re) to itch + -tus suffix of v. action
OTHER WORDS FROM prurituspru·rit·ic [proo-rit-ik], /prʊˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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How to use pruritus in a sentence
It is occasionally the seat of pruritic sensations, more commonly of a peculiar sensation of heat and burning.
British Dictionary definitions for pruritus
/ (prʊəˈraɪtəs) /
any intense sensation of itching
any of various conditions characterized by intense itching
Derived forms of prurituspruritic (prʊəˈrɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for pruritus
C17: from Latin: an itching; see prurient
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Medical definitions for pruritus
[ pru-rī′təs ]
Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.
Other words from prurituspru•rit′ic (-rĭt′ĭk) adj.
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