Definition of pruritus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prʊˈraɪtəs//
; NAmE NAmE//prʊˈraɪtəs//
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a severe itching (= the feeling that you want to scratch) that is felt on the skin in some diseases Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin, ‘itching’, from prurire ‘to itch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pruritus