Definition of psoralen in English:

psoralen

Syllabification: pso·ra·len
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrələn, -ˌlen
 
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noun

Chemistry
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.

Origin

1930s: from modern Latin Psorolea (former genus name), from Greek psōraleos 'itchy' (from psōra 'itch') + the suffix -en (compare with -ene).

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