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pruritus Syllabification: pru·ri·tus
Pronunciation: /pro͝oˈrīdəs/

Definition of pruritus in English:


Severe itching of the skin, as a symptom of various ailments.
Example sentences
  • When the lesions are rubbed, they manifest erythema, edema, pruritus, and occasional bullae formation.
  • Latex allergic reactions range from pruritus to erythematous, weeping lesions.
  • Liver transplantation may be considered in response to liver failure, or if the patient has uncontrollable pruritus or severe osteoporosis.


Pronunciation: /-ˈritik/
Example sentences
  • Allergic forms usually present acutely with erythematous, pruritic, edematous and exudative lesions, while contact dermatitis often has a more insidious onset with lichenification.
  • Urticaria is characterized by pruritic, edematous, well-circumscribed, erythematous plaques that are transient over several hours.
  • On re-exposure, patients develop an acute, pruritic, eczematous dermatitis, often with blisters in a linear configuration at the site of contact.


Mid 17th century: from Latin, 'itching' (see prurigo).

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