[ proo-rahy-tuhs ]


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

Words Nearby pruritus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pruritus in a sentence

  • For pruritus the influence of the patient's mind is extremely important.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • pruritus is a functional disease of the skin, the sole symptom of which is itching, there being no structural change.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • pruritus vulvæ is at times due to irritating discharges, and pruritus ani occasionally to hemorrhoids and seat-worms.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin | Henry Weightman Stelwagon
  • Aetius recommends the collyrium Psoricum against “scabros ac corrosos angulos, et intensos pruritus, milphoses et prurigines.”

    Archaeological Essays Vol. 2 | James Y. Simpson
  • Here we have the pathological reason why local remedies to the outer surface of the skin will not cure pruritus ani.

    Intestinal Ills | Alcinous Burton Jamison

British Dictionary definitions for pruritus


/ (prʊəˈraɪtəs) /

  1. any intense sensation of itching

  2. any of various conditions characterized by intense itching

Origin of pruritus

C17: from Latin: an itching; see prurient

Derived forms of pruritus

  • pruritic (prʊəˈrɪtɪk), adjective

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