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

 

pruritus

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//prʊˈraɪtəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prʊˈraɪtəs//
 
[uncountable](medical)
 
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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’.
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