pso·​ri·​a·​sis | \sə-ˈrī-ə-səs \

Definition of psoriasis 

: a chronic skin disease characterized by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales

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psoriatic \ˌsȯr-​ē-​ˈa-​tik \ adjective or noun

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Sales of the immune disorder drug Stelara, for treating psoriasis and Crohn’s disease, jumped 36 percent, to $1.34 billion. Linda A. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Johnson & Johnson beats revenue, profit projections for 2Q," 17 July 2018 Levin especially wants patients with a history of keloidal scars, eczema, and psoriasis to check with their dermatologist before attempting a semi-permanent BB procedure. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "What Is Semi-Permanent BB Cream, and Why Are People Getting It Microneedled Into Their Faces?," 9 Nov. 2018 Stress and lack of sleep can certainly lead to breakouts and exacerbate existing skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Shared Her Natural Beauty Skin-care Routine," 17 Oct. 2018 Some acids may not be recommended for people with sensitive skin or for people with skin conditions like rosacea, eczema or psoriasis. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Pick the Right Skin-Care Acid for Your Concerns," 9 Oct. 2018 The most common form is plaque psoriasis, which causes red, raised patches of skin covered with silvery thick scales. Emily Wang, SELF, "‘Queer Eye’ Star Jonathan Van Ness Reveals He’s Been ‘Psoriasis Flare Free’ for Six Months," 29 June 2018 Kim Kardashian West has long been open about her experience with psoriasis. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Reveals She Treats Her Psoriasis With This At-Home Phototherapy Device," 12 June 2018 Same goes with psoriasis, a condition that causes sore, irritated, scaly blotches of skin, and rosacea, which can lead to reddened facial skin and bumps that might feel hot and tender to the touch. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Here's How Stress Actually Impacts Your Skin," 14 May 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the Middle East where the fish are native, Garra rufa have been used as a treatment for individuals with skin diseases like psoriasis. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Woman lost her toenails after fish pedicure," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of psoriasis

circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psoriasis

New Latin, from Greek psōriasis, from psōrian to have the itch, from psōra itch; akin to Greek psēn to rub

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English Language Learners Definition of psoriasis

medical : a skin disease that causes areas of your skin to become red and rough and to fall off


pso·​ri·​a·​sis | \sə-ˈrī-ə-səs \
plural psoriases\-​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of psoriasis 

: a chronic skin disease characterized by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales

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