an·​ti·​pru·​rit·​ic ˌan-tē-prü-ˈri-tik How to pronounce antipruritic (audio)
: tending to relieve or prevent itching
antipruritic ointments
antipruritic noun
a topical antipruritic

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antipruritic was in 1842

Dictionary Entries Near antipruritic

Cite this Entry

“Antipruritic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​ti·​pru·​rit·​ic -prü-ˈrit-ik How to pronounce antipruritic (audio)
: tending to check or relieve itching
antipruritic creams and ointments
antipruritic effects


2 of 2 noun
: an antipruritic agent
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