a therapy for psoriasis combining the oral drug psoralen and high-intensity long-wave ultraviolet light.

Origin of PUVA

p(soralen) + UV-A ultraviolet light of a wavelength between 320 and 400 nanometers

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Medicine definitions for puva


[ pōōvə, pyōō- ]


Psoralen and ultraviolet light; a treatment for psoriasis combining the oral administration of psoralen with subsequent exposure to long wavelength ultraviolet light.

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