Dictionary.com

pruritus

[ proo-rahy-tuhs ]
/ prʊˈraɪ təs /
Save This Word!

noun Pathology.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use pruritus in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for pruritus

pruritus
[ pru-rītəs ]

n.
Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.

Other words from pruritus

pru•ritic (-rĭtĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK