- a common chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by scaly patches.
Origin of psoriasis
Examples from the Web for psoriasis
She writes, “the baboon-man is my psoriasis... an illness that sticks to the skin and only wakes up when you no longer expect it.”Victory for DSK or His Accuser?
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Psoriasis septennis, is the medical name for the "Seven year Itch!"Your Plants
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In ichthyosis, lepra, psoriasis, and some other scaly skin diseases.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- a skin disease characterized by the formation of reddish spots and patches covered with silvery scales: tends to run in families
Word Origin and History for psoriasis
1680s, from medical Latin psoriasis, in Late Latin "mange, scurvy," from Greek psoriasis "being itchy," from psorian "to have the itch," from psora "itch, mange, scab," related to psen "to rub" (see psilo-). Related: Psoriatic.
- A noncontagious inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurring reddish patches covered with silvery scales.
- A chronic, inflammatory skin disease in which recurring reddish patches, often covered with silvery scales, appear especially on the knees, elbow, scalp and trunk. Psoriasis is noncontagious and is inheritable.