[ proo-rahy-tuh s ]
/ prʊˈraɪ təs /

noun Pathology.

Origin of pruritus

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prūrītus an itching, equivalent to prūrī(re) to itch + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formspru·rit·ic [proo-rit-ik] /prʊˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pruritic


/ (prʊəˈraɪtəs) /

noun pathol

any intense sensation of itching
any of various conditions characterized by intense itching
Derived Formspruritic (prʊəˈrɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pruritus

C17: from Latin: an itching; see prurient
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Word Origin and History for pruritic



"itching of the skin without visible eruption" [Klein], 1650s, from Latin pruritus, past participle of prurire "to itch" (see prurient). Earlier via Old French in form prurite (early 15c.). Related: Pruritic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for pruritic


[ pru-rītəs ]


Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.
Related formspru•ritic (-rĭtĭk) adj.
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