Definition of prurigo in English:

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Pronunciation: /pro͝oˈrīɡō/
Pronunciation: /pro͝oˈrēɡō/


A chronic skin disease causing severe itching.
Example sentences
  • In prurigo nodularis, a variant of lichen simplex chronicus, 10-to 20-mm nodules develop over areas within easy scratching reach, such as the extensor arms and legs.
  • Prurigo pigmentosa is characterized by an inflammatory phase with pruritic erythematous papules and a resolution phase with reticulated pigmentation.



Pronunciation: /pro͝oˈrijənəs/
Example sentences
  • After 15 minutes he started to complain from burn sensation and itching and then an erythematous and pruriginous lesions appeared.
  • Two of our patients treated with imatinib developed widespread cutaneous reactions characterized as symmetric pruriginous maculopapular exanthema that was confluent in some areas.


Mid 17th century: from Latin, from prurire 'to itch'.

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Syllabification: pru·ri·go

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