A compound present in certain plants that is used in perfumery and (in combination with ultraviolet light) to treat psoriasis and other skin disorders.
- A tricyclic lactone; chemical formula: C11H6O3
More example sentences
- To control itching, you may be given cholestyramine, cyproheptadine, cimetidine, or psoralen plus ultraviolet light treatment.
- Many other agents have been used to treat alopecia areata, including minoxidil, psoralen plus ultraviolet A, and anthralin (Anthra-Derm), but success rates vary.
- There are concerns about the possible risk of autoimmune diseases in psoralen plus ultraviolet A light treated patients.
1930s: from modern Latin Psorolea (former genus name), from Greek psōraleos 'itchy' (from psōra 'itch') + the suffix -en (compare with -ene).
Definition of psoralen in:
- The British & World English dictionary