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pruritus

[ proo-rahy-tuhs ]
/ prʊˈraɪ təs /
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noun Pathology.
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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 pruritus

pru·rit·ic [proo-rit-ik], /prʊˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pruritus

pruritus
/ (prʊəˈraɪtəs) /

noun pathol
any intense sensation of itching
any of various conditions characterized by intense itching

Derived forms of pruritus

pruritic (prʊəˈrɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pruritus

C17: from Latin: an itching; see prurient
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Medical definitions for pruritus

pruritus
[ pru-rītəs ]

n.
Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.

Other words from pruritus

pru•ritic (-rĭtĭk) adj.
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