pru·​ri·​tus | \ prü-ˈrī-təs How to pronounce pruritus (audio) , -ˈrē- How to pronounce pruritus (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Mosquito bites are the most common source of acute itch — or pruritus, in doctor-speak. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The itch is back: Summer means mosquitoes and mosquitoes mean scratching," 12 July 2020 When opioid receptors in the brain are activated, these receptors then activate fibers that transmit itch information (or pruritus) to the brain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. Samantha Lauriello,, "Epidural Side Effects and Risks, According to an Ob-Gyn," 12 Nov. 2019 Scientists have been investigating cannabinoids for the treatment of skin conditions such as pruritus, inflammatory skin disease, and skin cancer. Jon Cooper, STAT, "New drug approval should force the DEA to rethink cannabis-derived medicines," 26 June 2018 Sometimes, internal hemorrhoids can prolapse outside the anus, collecting minute particles of feces or other materials and leading to intense itching known as pruritus ani. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Hemorrhoids: Dangers, treatments and prevention," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of pruritus

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pruritus

Latin, from prurire

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25 Jul 2020

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“Pruritus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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pru·​ri·​tus | \ prü-ˈrīt-əs How to pronounce pruritus (audio) \

Medical Definition of pruritus

: localized or generalized itching due to irritation of sensory nerve endings : itch

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