[proo-rahy-tuh s]

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. 2018

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noun pathol
  1. any intense sensation of itching
  2. 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 pruritus

"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.

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pruritus in Medicine


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