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psoralen

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noun pso·ra·len \ˈsȯr-ə-lən\

Definition of psoralen

  1. :  a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis; also :  any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties



Origin and Etymology of psoralen

New Latin Psoralea, genus of plants from which it is isolated + English -en, alteration of -ene


First Known Use: 1933


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psoralen

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noun pso·ra·len \ˈsȯr-ə-lən\

Medical Definition of psoralen

  1. :  a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis; also :  any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties—see puva




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